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Lace 'Er Up! 11 Pairs of Corseted Sandals

Maybe when you read the headline above you thought of Aquazzura's many thousand-plus-dollar versions, which have been splashed across the editorial pages of most every major fashion magazine this season. It's also quite possible that a similar—but more affordable—style from Zara popped into your mind (Maybe this one? Or this one?), because all of your friends own a pair. Those have been the two most popular lace-up sandal options this summer, for sure, but they're not the only ones out there. If you're looking for a corset-front shoe that's a little less ubiquitous, check the slideshow below for a more under-the-radar selection. Each of my picks delivers the same slyly sexy, slightly subversive jolt to an outfit that an Aquazzura or Zara design does, but in a standout "where did she find those?!" kind of way. Your secret's safe with me.

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Basic black leather matches everything.
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Goes great with khaki.


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Super comfortable, since the bungee cords are more cushioned than string.
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Mesh mixed with snakeskin makes these more special.


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Something to anchor flowing maxi skirts and silk sundresses.
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What librarians wear for wild nights at the club.
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Especially nice with a pastel pedicure.
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The perfect complement to large denim collections.
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Black Swan meets Fifty Shades of Grey.
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If Donatella Versace shops outside her label, she should pick these up.

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