Payless ShoeSource is launching a designer footwear collection, designed by Laura Poretzky, which will be unveiled at New York Fashion Week.

Payless ShoeSource, the US's leading footwear retailer, said this first-ever Payless designer collection was called the Abaete for Payless collection. 

"Payless is dedicated to bringing fashion and fun to the consumer and that includes making the latest footwear and accessory trends available at a great price," said Matt Rubel, chief executive officer for Payless ShoeSource.

"The hottest runway looks are an essential element in our inspiration and our alliance with Laura Poretzky is an exciting first step to bring runway looks to reality for women across America.  We are thrilled to begin the Payless Designer Collection with Laura and her celebrated Abaete brand."

Payless said the Abaete for Payless runway shoes includes four styles - the Sky boot, Casey flat, Oliver pump and the Luke evening sandal.  Each silhouette features a range of colours, fabrics and details such as stitching, polka dots, and bows designed to enhance the Abaete Fall/Winter '06 apparel collection.

The styles featured on the runway will be the inspiration for the Abaete for Payless footwear collection, which will be exclusively available in select Payless stores and on Payless.com this autumn.