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Ken Bob's bloody shoes after an 18 mile run (1998 May 10)

Cruel Shoes (1977) Martin

-Steve Martin
Penguin Putnam

But these were 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 why . . . 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.”