Q: What do you think of shoes where the toe box tilts upward? Because I hate them! And I inevitably see them on the same species of slickster guy.
A: This is a problem that has arisen since the vogue for very elongated pointy shoes, a fashion I have never happily embraced. Of course when shoes extend beyond the end of the toe, they will eventually curl upward, making you look like a guy auditioning for the part of Ali Baba in a children's pantomime. That is not good.
One way to avoid it is to keep cedar shoe-trees in your shoes when you're not wearing them. But another, simpler way is to steer clear of these trendy winklepickers: In shoes, quality and conservatism are more important than fashion.
Russell Smith's latest novel, Girl Crazy, was recently published. Have a fashion question? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .