Modern Living: The Monsters

Their skin is stiff. Their soles are thick, leaden slabs. Their tongues rival those of aardvarks, and their lightest step can be deafening. It is easy to see why they are called "monsters." And it is all but impossible to miss them. Great, galumphing, paralyzingly ugly, monsters are nonetheless the most visible shoes around today.

Last season women were still able to zero in on occasional slim-heeled, delicate models. These days, it is a staggering task to find a shoe that does not qualify by sheer weight as a lethal weapon, and by overall appearance as the biggest drag on feet since...

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