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For the Boys

Tiffany Tuttle, whose LDTuttle collection of edgy heels and boots has a slightly androgynous flair, is launching a line of unisex footwear. For her seventh season, Los Angeles-based Tuttle created a five-style selection of flats, sneakers and boots (at right) made for both women and men. “I wear a lot of men’s clothing that I get at vintage stores,” Tuttle said. “So I thought, ‘Why can’t the shoes be like that, but also be something men could wear?’” The unisex collection, which is made in Italy, will retail for $450 to $600.

Taylor Made

Rebecca Taylor has garnered a celebrity following with her ultra-feminine ready-to-wear collection. Now the New York-based designer is expanding her budding footwear business. Taylor, who has seen her clothing on the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker and Cameron Diaz, introduced shoes for spring ’09 and is tripling the size of the Brazil-made collection for fall. The designer has partnered with the Peter Marcus Group, based in Greenwich, Conn., to create a line of 33 footwear styles ranging from patchwork pumps to knee-high boots. The collection is expected to retail for $275 to $535 at high-end department stores, such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom, and specialty boutiques.

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