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As winter's second round of new shoes is unpacked and racked in shops across the country, a vivid illustration of fashion's fickle nature is also unfolding. The popularity of brick-high platforms has calmed (albeit not waned) after at least a dozen seasons on the "must-have" list of fashion's 16 to 24 core market. But, slowly, slowly, the elegant dagger-toe stiletto and delicate spaghetti-strap sandal are winning hearts with every exposure on the catwalks of Paris, New York, Milan and ...

As winter's second round of new shoes is unpacked and racked in shops across the country, a vivid illustration of fashion's fickle nature is also unfolding. The popularity of brick-high platforms has calmed (albeit not waned) after at least a dozen seasons on the "must-have" list of fashion's 16 to 24 core market. But, slowly, slowly, the elegant dagger-toe stiletto and delicate spaghetti-strap sandal are winning hearts with every exposure on the catwalks of Paris, New York, Milan and Melbourne. Following last week's Alex Perry spring fashion show, for example, a flimsy thin-strapped sandal named "Karissa" (left) suddenly shot to the top of Tony Bianco's best-seller list a full year after its first release. Now, in Tony Bianco stores, stocks of Karissa and comparably delicate shoes, sit in head-shakingly odd proximity to exotic slabs of footwear such as the "Kortina"(left bottom).

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