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VIKTORIA XI: SPIKED HEELS

     "Women are fascinated by shoes," Viktoria said one day.
     She was sitting at her makeup table, a lipstick in hand. She glanced at me.
     "You should explore that in your work," she said. "You don't see such variety—or interest—in men's shoes, do you? Wingtips, Oxfords, slip-ons. There you have it. And—of course—"
     She waved her hand dismissively.
     "—athletic shoes! Worn bry non-athletes! And now women are wearing them too. And flip-fops! Ungainly!"
     She narrowed her eyes, staring at her face in the mirror.
     "We should talk about it," she said. "One day...."

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