Lucy Liu in leopard shoes - Leopard print shoes

Mar 24, 2008 at 3:17 a.m. ET

Actress Lucy Liu attended the 2008 UNICEF and Esquire Nationwide "Tap Project" in New York last week and looked classy from heady to toe. Well ... almost.

Lucy Liu was chic and sophisticated in her gorgeous black Dior dress and simple jewelry. But her leopard print shoes were a little out of place.

Lucy Liu

Animal prints continue to be trendy this season, but it doesn't mean you should wear them everywhere. Lucy Liu should have chosen a more delicate, feminine shoe style rather than these wild pumps with their hidden platform and bold metal conical heel.

You can embrace the animal print trend without being a fashion flop. Here are a few stylish shoe choices in animal prints that will work for different occasions.

Leopard Print Shoes

Leopard print sandals

Choose these stylish spring sandals from J. Reneé. These shoes features black patent leather with a leopard print strap. The 1 1/2-inch kitten heel provides a little height. These shoes are available at Zappos for just $71.

Leopard print slides

If Lucy Liu really wanted to wear leopard print, she could have selected these feminine Manolo Blahnik slides. These shoes allow you to take a walk on the wild side without getting too funky. Since they are Manolo Blahnik, of course they are pricey. You get them at Neiman Marcus for $645.

Leopard print flats

Wearing a leopard print ballet flat, such as these shoes from Tory Burch is a great way to dress up a more casual outfit. These flats would look great with jeans or a simple skirt. These ballet flats are priced at $225 at Bloomingdales.

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