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Ask BB: 6 Places to Shop for Cute Vegan Wedges

I've recently promised myself to start wearing heels more because I think it really balances out my frame, and, of course, I feel a little bit prettier. I've discovered that wedges are the most doable shoes for me, but I am a semi-vegan and won't wear leather, and finding wedges that look expensive and are well made that aren't leather has proven difficult. … Any suggestions? —Samantha K.

Most of the shoes you'll find at affordable retailers like Target and Payless are made from synthetic materials, good news for stylish vegans who don't wear leather! And you're right to seek out wedge styles - they'll give you a little lift without killing your feet. The increased surface area of a wedge heel (versus a stiletto's tiny point) means your weight is more evenly distributed - and that means less pain. Now that we've had our physics lesson of the day, here's a round-up of six great places to shop for affordable and fashionable vegan shoes.

1. Target is every fashionista's favorite for cheap-chic shoes. Just be sure to check the inside of the shoe to see what material it's made of, as Target does occasionally carry genuine leather styles. This wedge by Merona is a great option for a casual work environment and will look great with skirts or jeans. The peep-toe and cut-outs should help your foot breathe, too.

5 Under $50:

Here's a new online store you're sure to fall in love with: It's called Lily Boutique ( and they offer a select assortment of chic and affordable tops, dresses, outerwear and accessories. Best part is that the average selling price of items at Lily Boutique is just $28! New items are added weekly so check back often. I'm hoping they will start offering shoes, bottoms (like shorts and skirts) and more handbags. But for a fledgling boutique, I think they're off to a great start.

What's more, they've generously offered Budget Babe readers an exclusive discount! Get 15% off your order with coupon code BUDGETBABE15OFF at checkout, now through June 30, 2011. They ship internationally, too!

Keep reading for a round-up of 5 of my favorite items on the site under $50...if you visit the site, let me know what you think and what you think they could improve.