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The party never ends for festive footwear. By now, over-the-top, fanciful shoes are no longer a trend. They’re a market unto themselves — one that does not seem to be diminishing anytime soon. That’s just fine by Atalanta Weller, the British designer whose tribal-esque, equestrian-inspired wedge is one of the far-fetched shoes pictured here. “It’s a real pleasure to design pieces like that,” says Weller. “I love that in a difficult economy, people still buy into it. They want something that’s new and unique and they’re prepared to invest in it.”

This story first appeared in the May 21, 2012 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

MODELS: BAILEY AND ALEXANDRA, BOTH WITH PARTS MODELS; FASHION ASSISTANT: CAITLIN BROWN; HUDSON JEANS AND HAPPY SOCKS TIGHTS

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