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From Swarovski-Covered Pumps to Bedazzled Sneakers

 - May 12, 2010   Updated: Jun 14 2011
These super-sparkly shoes show that glitter accessories are red-hot in the footwear market. Whether these details include bedazzled soles or stilettos entirely covered in Swarovski crystals, bling is definitely in.

I find super-sparkly shoes like these a great way to stand out from the crowd without attracting too much attention. See some of my favorites above, from bedazzled jazz shoes and sky-high sequined stilettos to crystal-encrusted footwear.

Implications - As the recession ends, consumers are looking for ways to treat themselves to something luxurious. Products that offer an elite experience attract customers who have not had the chance in the past to enjoy such things. Designers could integrate more glamorous elements into their items in order to appeal to those shoppers looking for prestige.