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Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 08/27/2009

Hey Starlets, Give This Trend the Boot

A recent runway trend starting to crop up on red carpets is the pairing of clunky ankle boots with otherwise typically shape-hugging knock 'em dead dresses. Ill-advised for anyone not about to appear in a Pussycat Dolls stage show.

Not even perky Sandra Bullock -- at Wednesday's premiere of her new movie "All About Steve" -- can pull off this look. It doesn't help that Sandy's Lanvin dress isn't so knock 'em dead and appears to be two sizes too big and constructed from funeral parlor drapes. But even that might be forgivable were in not for the big black -- and in Sandy's case scuffed -- boots.

But lest you think I'm using the boots as an excuse to pick on Bullock, here are two young starlets who also followed Sandy's footsteps into booted ickiness:

For better or worse, celebrities often lead the rest of us lemmings over the fashion cliff. Think the Nicole Richie/Rachel Zoe-led army of maxi-dress wearing waifs. Let's hope the dress + bootie look goes the way of the mercifully short-lived high-waisted jeans look, but fast.

By Liz Kelly  |  10:50 AM ET, 08/27/2009

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