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March 15, 2017

     My name is Annie and I am a shoe-aholic.

     I own thirty-five pairs of shoes.

     Thirty-five.

     Pairs.

     Of shoes.

     Not counting the dozen or so Victorian boot ornaments that hang on my tree every Christmas.

     When I studied anthropology in college, I learned about a tribe who collected yams as a sign of wealth. The bigger your pile of yams, including those rotting at the bottom, the higher your social status. The equivalent of my rotting yams are the shoes in my closet I've never worn. Somehow I convinced myself my wardrobe would not be complete without a pair of ankle boots. Even though the boots came in one color, a peculiar shade of taupe grey. They'll go with everything, I assured myself. But the truth is, the only thing they go with is my fantasy of who I'd be when I wore them. A kick-ass confident woman who doesn't walk, she strides, and...

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