Question: I've searched in vain for a dressy pair of shoes to fit my narrow size 12 feet. I can find plain black leather pumps, but I need something more suitable for my new black satin dress with front shirring. Something delicate.
Answer: The black satin pump illustrated here has a delicate 3 1/2-inch heel and is decorated with tiny straps that cross the vamp, where they are secured with a rhinestone pin. Polly Bergen designed both the shoes ($112) and the rhinestone-detailed satin shoulder bag ($39). They're both available at the 9 to 12 Shoe Salon, 10750 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, where the shoes come in sizes 9 to 12, narrow and medium widths.
Q: I have a pair of Bally half boots that are wearing out, and the style--Sussex II--has been discontinued. The firm's New York office says there is not a pair left in any American store. Do you know of a shoemaker who can duplicate these shoes? If so, what does he charge? I would prefer to spend less than $250.
A: Bring your half boots to Sergio Benavides at Civic Center Shoe Repair, 232 West 2nd St., Downtown Los Angeles. He will custom-make a copy of your boots for $85 or more. The exact price will depend on the leather you choose and the intricacy of the design.