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The sexiest shoes of 2012 revealed

Oct. 15, 2012 at 11:23 AM ET

Two weeks ago, TODAY's Hoda and Kathie Lee placed their bets on the 2012 Sexy Shoes competition, and on Monday, they announced the gorgeous winner: studded Christian Louboutin red leather pumps, which go for a whopping $1,195.

The winning shoe style is a bit of a departure from last year's victor, a lace-embroidered peep-toe number from Valentino.

The third annual contest, put on by Saks and Footwear News, whittled down 25 nominees and asked shoe lovers to vote for their footwear favorites – including styles by Manolo Blahnik, Christian Dior, Nicholas Kirkwood and others – from Sept. 27 to Oct. 11. 

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Ruby red slippers redux? Studded Christian Louboutin red leather pumps won the 2012 Sexy Shoes competition.

Coming in fourth was a B Brian Atwood knee-high boot ($850), while in third place was Hoda's favorite, a black Jimmy Choo sandal ($995) that she said she liked but would never wear. Kathie Lee preferred the Stuart Weitzman burgundy patent pumps with a metal stiletto heel ($335), which came in second, that she lamented probably doesn't come in Hoda's "size 12."

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These oxblood-colored Stuart Weitzman heels were a favorite of Kathie Lee.
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Great heights: B Brian Atwood knee-high boots came in fourth.

Kathie Lee and Hoda weren't sure that they'd feel comfortable prancing around in the winning pumps, which may be for the best, seeing as they're rather pricey.

What do you think? Which do you think are the sexiest? Let us know!

Julieanne Smolinski is a TODAY.com contributor.

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Hoda's favorite? Glittering, sequin-studded and black suede Jimmy Choo sandals.

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