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Tory Burch

The thing about all these odd little shoes is that in their effort to be as non-intrusive as possible, they become the star of the show. Those mesh flats from The Row burrowed themselves into my brain, and after six months of thinking about them, I finally decided to go to the store and try them on. On the shelf at the brand’s immaculate Upper East Side outpost, a pair in black mesh seemed a little ridiculous. Carrie would certainly never go into debt over them. They were not beautiful, they were not obvious objects of desire, they were the opposite of everything my brain had been trained to want. I absolutely needed to have them.

Now, every time I wear them, I get compliments and comments. They are incongruous. They don’t actually go with anything, and maybe that’s why they are unexpectedly great with everything. They’re maybe the closest we have gotten to that midcentury vision of the future where everyone is wearing catsuits and form-fitting clothes engineered for better living. Now, I dream of a closet full of little voids to put my feet into, to match the daily feeling of wanting to scream into one. What a relief that this fall designers are feeling the same way.