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Make the Holidays Brighter for Shoe Lovers on Your List

Make the Holidays Brighter for Shoe Lovers on Your List

CLEVELAND, OH -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 12/11/06 -- Forget the traditional holiday sweater. Shoes are the craze these days for men and women alike. With 2005 U.S. footwear sales nearly $42 billion, chances are visions of wedges, ballet flats and boots are dancing in the head of someone on your holiday list.

But, can you buy shoes for someone else? "Buying shoes as a gift is difficult," says Meghan Cleary, America's favorite Shoe Therapist and author of "The Perfect Fit: What Your Shoes Say About You." "Instead try fun items that can complement one's shoe obsession." Meghan recommends:

--  Put stockings in their stockings.  "Tights in deep jeweled tones like
    plum and cobalt for women and luxurious cashmere socks for men (to match
    the pants, not the shoes) are always a treat," Meghan says.  "Tights for
    women are a great way to enhance their existing shoe wardrobe, and there
    are so many amazing colors and textures out there this season," she adds.

--  Shoe clips turn one pair into many.  One pair of shoes suddenly has
    endless looks with simple snap-on shoe clips.  Choose beads, pearls,
    rhinestones and add fashion-forward flair to any shoes.  Purchase clips on-
    line, or you can make your own using vintage earrings, Meghan notes.

--  Never fail with one-size-fits-all gift cards.  A gift card to the
    nearest department store for post-holiday bargains means the recipient can
    build a better shoe repertoire -- "And who doesn't love that?" Meghan asks.

--  Make their holidays -- and shoes -- bright.  If there's one thing that
    every shoe aficionado needs, it's to protect and maintain the investment by
    polishing his or her shoes.  "I found the perfect shoe polisher for both
    men and women -- Buff 'n Shine(TM)," Meghan explains.  "Hands never touch
    the polish and the shine takes about a minute!"

Polished shoes impact image. Meghan says, "Shining shoes is one fashion cue women can take from men. Shabby shoes can kill an outfit. With Buff 'n Shine she can literally touch up her shoes as she's heading out the door, without ruining her manicure because hands stay polish-free."

For men, well-maintained shoes are important for projecting self-confidence. Buff 'n Shine makes it easy to have polished shoes all of the time, and is faster and cheaper than getting shoes professionally shined.

Enter to win at www.buffnshine.com. Purchase at Wal-Mart stores nationwide.

Jodi O'Neill
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