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How do you send a couple of hundred shoe fetishists into a frenzy? Invite them to Bergdorf Goodman’s newly expanded shoe salon for a Cuban-themed cocktail party and let them duke it out over a series of limited-edition pairs, whose sales benefit the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Such was the case Thursday night at the Art and Sole benefit, where ladies piled into the salon to view footwear by such collaborators as Damien Hirst and Manolo Blahnik, Rachel Feinstein and Edmund Castillo, and Liza Lou and Diana Brousaard.

“These would be so perfect for Jane Holzer,” said Helen Schifter, as she tried on Hirst’s $1,250 dot-print boots, amidst a sea of tissue paper. “She has this painting in her living room.”

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Pausing next to the Imelda Marcos impersonator, Yvonne Force skimmed the crowd, searching for Feinstein’s shoe. “These would look great on Rachel,” she sighed, holding up the feathered heel. “But not on my ankles.” Within minutes, however, she found a pair that did: Hirst’s spin-painting ankle boots in mustard yellow.

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