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Fashion legend Diana Vreeland once said the first place to put your clothing dollars is in shoes.  According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, women spent $38.5 billion on shoes in the U.S. last year.  (I fear I may have contributed slightly to that amount…)

Quality was Vreeland’s chief priority. But there’s another reason that shoes top so many seasonal shopping lists:  More than any other item, they beacon fashion changes and establish its prevailing mood.

Case in point? The wedge. Out of fashion for decades, it’s now striding onto center stage for summer in bright leathers or woven rope and raffia.