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Leggings are showing no signs of losing their stride. As hosiery vendors prepare for the spring 2007 market, they are optimistic cropped tights will continue to be key sellers going forward, as the trend is just gaining traction nationwide.

Providing perhaps even more reason for optimism is that sweltering temperatures and humidity in New York over the last two weeks haven’t prevented women from hitting the streets wearing the footless style. Vendors say new designs for spring will incorporate brighter colors, feminine touches like lace detailing, lighter-weight deniers and shapes that are shorter to hit right at the knee.

“Leggings are still going strong,” said Susan Reese, vice president of sales at Soxland, a manufacturer here. “We’re showing them in prints and with lace borders.”

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