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September 29, 2006
The shoe lady arrives


Designer Michelle Kelchak (pictured) of the Michelle-K brand of shoes always puts her best feet forward - and they never ache. That's because she's come up with something called the "24-Hour Shoe."

"Before this line, I was trashing my own feet traveling," Kelchak says. "Especially in Europe, where I was rushing around, walking cobblestone streets. After designing shoes for 18 years, I saw the need to create stylish, yet comfortable shoes."

Well, let's say Kelchak's FEET felt the need.

The L.A.-based designer will be making a special appearance from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Nordstrom Arden Fair, where she'll showcase at least three different shoe styles and how they fit with a woman's lifestyle, i.e., career, casual. The 24-Hour Shoe collection retails for about $70 to $90.

The secret to the comfort factor, Kelchak says, is multi-dimensional: the shape of the shoe, a flexible and lightweight outsole, and an insole with a memory-foam footbed.

But comfort does not mean it can't be fashionable. Recently, Kelchak says she's been going crazy for embellishments. "It's really fun for me to design sporty shoes and then make them more whimsical - I use everything from studs and sequins to velvet and leather."

If you've got achy-breaky feet, check this event out. It will be sort of a mini fashion show in the shoe department.

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