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PUTTING THEIR BEST SHOES FORWARD

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Foot Fetish, a Bay Ridge shoe boutique, treated 45 customers to three fashion shows April 22, emceed by Jason Persico, during dinner at Henry Grattan’s Restaurant on Third Avenue.

In addition to carrying boots, (1) Guess "Heartbeat" pumps ($95), slingbacks, flip flops and more, owners Deborah Batanjany and Maureen Brody are now stocking an array of accessories.

At Foot Fetish [8813 Third Ave., (718) 768-5400], shoppers will find these items, modeled here by the store’s friends and customers: (3) Gucci sunglasses ($210); Sandra Roberts metallic gold clutch ($39); and Ann Marino "Primrose" slingbacks ($58).

Fast forward to summer with a (2) Scala Collection straw hat ($38); Straw Studio beach bag ($38); Arleen C. "Jewelry" flip flops encrusted with crystals ($95); and Bay Ridge designer Kerri Renae’s versatile "High Tide" bikini bottoms and sashes that can be worn with pants or as a bathing suit!

A trip to the beach wouldn’t be complete without (4) a large (3-feet by 6-feet) roll up towel and beach bag ($45) and bucket hat ($34) by Hat Attack. Ugg-lookalike boots by Arleen C. are an affordable alternative at $179.

Although they stocked up on halters, designer sunglasses, bags, hats, ponchos and shawls, the owners dropped some shoe lines and added others, Batanjany told GO Brooklyn.

"We cancelled a lot of lines because of the Euro-dollar," she said. "The wholesale prices of European shoes are ridiculous now. If we brought them into the store and charged $300, people would laugh at us."

Instead, the partners looked for other brands that are splashed across magazine pages, without the steep price tags, she said.

But if budget constraints don’t allow a whole new wardrobe of accessories, Batanjany said these spring-summer essentials are enough: "Definitely a pink pair of shoes, sunglasses with black plastic designer frames, and definitely some type of metallic or jelly clutch or bag. If you have those three, you can mix and match and look great."

- Lisa J. Curtis
Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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