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By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times While shoppers are embracing a back-to-basics attitude about most spending, what is generating excitement in the footwear category is extreme shoes. Kinky styles that might once have been the hallmark of a lady for hire are elevated on hockey-puck-like platforms and pin-thin heels, studded and buckled like bondage gear. And they come at various price points -- $1,400 over-the-knee boots at Nordstrom, $1,195 Balmain multi-buckle booties at Fred Segal Feet, $149.90 open-toed and studded Steve Madden booties at Zappos.com and $129 studded gladiator sandals at Zara. Pictured: Christophe Decarmin for Balmain's Spring-Summer 2010 fashion show in Paris.
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