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Macy’s Herald Square opens a major portion of “the world’s largest” shoe floor today, escalating the raging battle among Manhattan’s retailers to conquer the footwear category.

Around town, there’s been an unprecedented degree of one-upmanship — one store renovates, then a crosstown rival follows suit and another emerges with a fancier format, with everyone vying for exclusives.

This month, Saks Fifth Avenue enhances its popular 10022-Shoe department with a growing contemporary component. Last month, Barneys New York launched a shoe floor, bringing men’s and women’s styles together for the first time. Not be left in the dust, Lord & Taylor is redesigning its second level to be solely devoted to shoes. And Bergdorf Goodman, the first to give shoes their due by creating a “salon” years ago, recently reorganized the space by lifestyle and pumped up the assortment with several additional designer labels.

But for now, all eyes are on…

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