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Can shoes make you look fat? Yes, says Vogue magazine

Vogue editors, have you read your own magazine? When you were laying out the January story on “breaking the platform [shoe] habit,” in which you talk about how platform shoes make wearers look fat, and prompt them to “clomp” and “galumph” through life, did anyone in the room recall the “Accessories Spring 2012” item on Vogue.com lauding “The New Platform” — the very shoes I think you just turned on? In case trend-induced amnesia has set in, here’s what it said: “… the updated platform registered as the freshest, most interesting approach to elevating your look for spring.”

What happened between Spring 2012 and Spring 2013? Now, it’s woe to the fool who dons those “clunkers” — that’s your word. “Amazonian footwear may have its virtues,” you wrote, “but delicacy and grace are not among them.”

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