Starting class on the right foot

Tuesday, August 19, 2003

We all know the back-to-school rite. Go with mom/ dad/friends for some before-school shopping. Pick out the clothing principals (polo, denim, cargos, hoodie), take them home and try them on in front of the mirror. Model for mom/dad/friends. And don't neglect the shoes. Countless hours have been spent hemming and hawing over boots, flats, sneaks and slides. And this year should be no different.

Kids of all grades -- kindergarten to high school (and yes, college students) -- are slipping into fashion-inspired footwear. Some old favorites with a new twist (see Mary Janes and sneaker boots with kitten heels). Mostly "fall is relaxed and comfortable dressing," said Lord & Taylor's fashion merchandiser LaVelle Olexa: a modern look with a sleek edge, clean, simple shapes and a little '50s ladylike glamour.

And yes, one young lady will wear her funky fringe, retro-inspired high suede boots on her first day of school and be positively sizzling.

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