The daring footwear in Alexander Wang's Spring '09 show really elevated the looks, literally and figuratively. There were platforms with chains, weaving, and perforations, but the fringe stole the show. These toughies have since been featured in many an editorial spread and been spotted on the feet of fashion's badasses. I realize they aren't for everyone, but if you can pull them off, consider this cheaper option . . .
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Leave it to Forever 21 to come out with these Fringe Open Toe Boots ($35) that are practically identical to the Wang version. Blink and you might just think they're the real things. The fringe is not as stick-straight, but who cares? I can't vouch for their comfort but I can predict you'll look totally rad.