I Knows What I Like

The last sentence has always been the most important sentence in an essay – it’s where you leave your reader. A good last sentence should feel like a perfect fit. I feel the same about shoes and outfits; the shoe is an outfit’s last sentence. I bought a pair of brown dress shoes four years ago, and I love them as much today as I did the day I bought them. They fit seamlessly and are the perfect ending to any dressy or nearly dressy ensemble. I had a nice pair of black shoes, but after two years I had to face the truth that they simply didn’t fit. I kept thinking they only needed some breaking in, but the rubbing and the pinching never improved.

So two birthdays ago I dragged my wife two Macy’s – where I’d bought the brown pair – to replace the black. I wore my trusty browns as a reminder of what good shoes feel like. It didn’t take long before I found the shoe that looked just right. “Size twelve,” I told the salesman.

Out he came, and I could tell as soon as he opened the box I was going to love these new shoes and they were going to fit like moccasins. And they did! What an eye I have.

“Perfect,” I told him. “I love them. They fit just as well as these shoes.” I pointed to my brown shoes.

He looked at me oddly. “Of course they do.”


“Well,” he said, “they’re the same pair. Only in black.”

“Oh,” I said. “So they are.”

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