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Launches & Releases: Mike & Chris Enter Shoe Market

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LA-based label Mike & Chris made a quick name for itself with sublime leather jackets and luxe sweatshirting and T-shirts for men and women. The brand has grown into full collections of dresses and separates, and now designers Mike Gonzalez and Christine Park-Gonzalez will tackle shoes for spring/summer '09. Gonzalez told The Pipeline: "The shoe collection was a natural progression for us being that we have worked with leather quite a bit...We've incorporated details found on some of our clothing such as our signature buttons, slight distressing on the leathers, aged hardware, and stitching details."

Ranging from "woven platform heels to gladiator-style sandal-boots," the line will retail from $218-$495 at
· Buckle Up: Mike & Chris Debut A Chic New Shoe Line [The Pipeline]