Fashion: Squaring the Winkle Picker

Is the winkle picker* on the way out? In Manhattan shoe salons last week, style setters and trend diviners were claiming that the pointed-toe look was slowly becoming old shoe. Offering blessed relief to women, who for five years have painfully squeezed their feet into narrow, stiletto-heeled, pointed-toe shoes, is the radically different "chisel toe" look—long, flattened, square-toed shoes that bear more than passing resemblance to the bill of a platypus.

Creator of the chisel-toed footwear is Christian Dior's imperious impresario of shoe design. Roger Vivier, 50, the man who brought the pointed-toe shoe to the U.S. and whom many merchandisers...

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