Modern Living: Down at the Heels

There is always a new slant in women's shoes. Sky-high stiletto heels and the tiptoe look gave way to relatively level, short-heeled pumps, walking shoes and flats. Heels reared up once again with the platform look, which is still riding high. But now the heel has actually dropped below the toes in a new kind of footwear: the odd-looking clodhoppers known to a growing band of sole sisters (and brothers) as Earth Shoes.

In some 40 shops across the country that specialize in Earth Shoes, more and more shoppers—including such celebrities as Mark Spitz, James Coburn and Tony Curtis—are competing for limited...

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