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Shoe Buzz: Jimmy Choo & Ugg team up, Ivanka Trump shoe line + more

There’s always something new to talk about when it comes to the world of shoes and I, for one, am definitely not complaining.  I could talk shoes all day.  So, who’s creating shoe buzz this week?  Let’s check it out:

 

 

 

 

Luxe shoe company Jimmy Choo may have just worked with H&M to create a lower-priced shoe collection late last year, but the unlikely pairings don’t stop there.  WWD reports that they also have plans to do a 5-piece collection with sheepskin boot maker Ugg Australia this fall and sell them under the label Ugg & Jimmy Choo.  The boots will feature Ugg construction combined with Jimmy Choo design elements, but the pricing definitely leans more towards Choo territory at $595-$795.  You may love or hate Uggs, but Jimmy Choo president Tamara Mellon is definitely a fan – according to her, they are the only shoes you’ll find in her wardrobe besides her own brand.  Very interesting indeed.

Nashville-based shoe charity Soles4Souls will donate 250,000 shoes to victims of the earthquake in Haiti.  They originally committed 100,000 pairs, but received many more donations than expected from their partners in the footwear industry and the community.  According to their website, “a pair of new shoes is absolutely necessary in order for the Haitian survivors to be effective in rescue and rebuilding efforts amidst broken glass, twisted metal and raw sewage.”

Already dreaming of hot summer shoes?  Check out WSA Today, who gives a rundown of shoe trends for summer 2010.  Among the trends noted are playful color, exotics, neon and floral texture.

Ivanka Trump just got married in October and now she’s kicking off the new year by announcing a shoe line, which will be licensed through Marc Fisher Footwear.  Marc Fisher says, “We believe Ivanka has something fresh and distinctive to offer in what is otherwise a celebrity-saturated market.”  She does have a classic, sophisticated style and I liked her on The Apprentice, so I’m looking forward to seeing what she has to offer, although I do think it’s quite a challenge to stand out in the sea of celebs who are doing the same.  She also has a high-end jewelry line and may branch out to apparel and more accessories. [from WWD]

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