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Valentino Voted Sexiest Shoe

Consumers chose a lace-embroidered peep-toe in the contest created by Footwear News and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Never underestimate women’s love for sexy shoes. While it may be difficult to choose just one style as the sexiest shoe of the year, America has spoken.

With about 35,000 voters weighing in online between Sept. 26 until Oct. 21, Valentino took first place in this year’s “Sexy Shoes” contest, created by Footwear News and Saks Fifth Avenue. The lace-embroidered leather peep-toe pump marks a turn toward sophisticated femininity.

But apparently crystals still remain close to the American heart: Jimmy Choo’s Swarovski crystal-encrusted sandals with double ankle straps took second place. Prada came in third with knee-high leather boots, while newer name Chrissie Morris stepped into the spotlight in fourth position with her suede, mesh and stingray peep-toe ankle boots.

These winners were chosen from among 25 finalists, which were selected by the editors of FN and included styles by Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, Dior, Givenchy, Gucci, Oscar de la Renta and Stuart Weitzman.

All 25 finalists were also featured in the 2011 edition of the “Sexy Shoes” magazine, which was distributed at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Last year’s winner was a glitzy, multicolored Swarovski crystal-covered slingback by Christian Louboutin.