Anna knew She had to have a new pair of shoes
today, and Carlo had helped her try on every pair in the store. Carlo
spoke wearily, "Well, that's it. That’s every pair of shoes in the
place."Later that day, Carlo was
overheard saying to a new customer, "Well, that's it. That’s every
pair of shoes in the place. Unless, of course, you'd like to try the cruel
"Oh, you must have one more pair. . . .”
"No, not one more . . . . Well, we have the
cruel shoes, but no one would want to try . . .
“Yes, let me see the cruel shoes!"
"No, you don't understand, you see, the
cruel shoes are . . .'
Carlo disappeared into the back room for a
moment, and then reappeared carrying an ordinary shoebox. He took off
the lid and removed a hideous pair of black and white pumps. But this
was not an ordinary pair of black and white pumps; both were left feet,
one had a right angle turn with separate compartments that pointed the
toes in impossible directions. The other shoe was six inches long and was
curved inward like a rocking chair with a vise and razor blades to hold
the foot in place.
Carlo spoke hesitantly, ". . . Now you see
. . . they' re not fit for humans . . ." "Put them on me."
"But... "Put them on me!"
Carlo knew all arguments were useless. He knelt
down before her and forced the feet into the shoes.
The screams were incredible.
Anna crawled over to the mirror and held her
bloody feet up where she could see.
"I like them."
She paid Carlo and crawled out of the store into
by Steve Martin