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- New Shoes: Contemporary Footwear Design, by Sue Huey and Rebecca Proctor (Laurence King Publishing, 207 pages) $17.95 FROM extravagant to simple, there is no one style for today's fashion follower when it comes to shoes.

- New Shoes: Contemporary Footwear Design, by Sue Huey and Rebecca Proctor (Laurence King Publishing, 207 pages) $17.95

FROM extravagant to simple, there is no one style for today's fashion follower when it comes to shoes.

This look at contemporary footwear design examines the work of 25 cutting edge designers. Colour photographs of their shoes, presented alone and with models, are complemented with illustrations.

Introducing the chapters are descriptions on each designer. The designers discuss their background, what influences their approach and where they see their style fit into the fashion scene.

Celebrated British shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood loves the sculptured look for his designs. "It's all about the silhouette," he says.

But for Paris-based Bruno Frisoni, "The structure doesn't count that much, it is the intention that is behind it that is essential."

Every designer is as unique as the shoes they create and the authors provide us with a look at the creative process that results in the fabulous footwear.

tpeters@nsnews.com

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