"It sent me into a panic _ what was I going to wear to Fashion Week?" says Patel, fashion director of the online retail site modaoperandi.com. "Ninety percent of my closet is heels. Ballerina flats? Not my style."
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"Shoes are the most important part of the whole outfit," he says. "I tell my clients: Buy the most basic outfits, but follow the trends of shoes every season."