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Zippity Doo Dah Your Sole

By Sophia Kercher
Published: Monday, January 19, 2009, at 05:30PM
Zipz Eric Richardson [Flickr]

ZIPZ offer an interchangeable system of lowers and uppers, making it easy to customize your shoe.

Chuck Taylors, the classic Converse shoe that has become ubiquitous footwear among the Art District neighborhoodies and middle schoolers everywhere, are getting a twist. As seen at the Fashion District's Summer Market Week at the massive California Market Center, shoe innovator Jerry Stefani has added playfulness to Chuck Taylor-like kicks with his new footwear line ZIPZ.

Just like how it sounds, ZIPZ has a zipper that goes around the sole of the shoe allowing you to swap, or mix and match the top of the shoe. The shoe-tops come in vibrant candy-like patterns and designs.

ZIPZ shoes seem like they'll be popular among the kiddies and young at heart.

Market Week also revealed that we can expect more gladiator sandals along with glammed up granny shoes and moccasins for spring and summer. I particularly liked this pair of ALL BLACK flats.

If you look closely, you'll see the shoes material is newspaper print. Yep, people may not be reading papers anymore but at least they're wearing them.

ZIPZ hit the market this spring with prices ranging from $55-$75 for a complete shoe. Stay tuned for where to buy the O.C.-based company's products locally.

All Black's lines are available at L.A.'s LF stores, Lush in Studio City and Kitson on Melrose.

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