Modern Living: The New Old Sports

/ noticed she wore her evening dress, all her dresses, like sports clothes—there was a jauntiness . . . as if she had first learned to walk upon golf courses on clean, crisp mornings.

—Nick Carraway in The Great Gatsby

For timid—or independent—souls who are still wondering whether to buy those "new" '40s-inspired clunky platform shoes, the question may soon be irrelevant. With its usual fickleness, fashion is already whizzing on. "Down from those three-inch platforms," say the heralds of chic, "and onward to something older!" For many designers and their customers, the...

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