While combing through the Upper West Side's new Century 21 store, the Times's Alexandra Jacobs (who confesses that she bought her Vera Wang wedding dress at the store's downtown flagship years ago, before she was even engaged), had the misfortune to venture to the basement level. "I descended to hell, a.k.a. the fluorescent-lighted basement footwear department, where Franken-shoes like Jessica Simpson’s toeless lace-up wedge booties ($59.97, valued at $98) share space with brocade Manolos in the $250 range." [NYT]
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