she had blue shoes and black shoes. a pair of yellow and even a pair of pink. but her red shoes--oh her red shoes. in her young little head, her red shoes were magical. they'd run her off to distant lands full of alluring creatures; they'd turn her into a princess of a mythical kingdom where she ruled the people and everybody loved her as their kind and generous queen; they'd sneak her into cabinets bursting at the seams with chocolates and gumdrops and other candies. when wearing her red shoes she walked a little taller, skipped a little higher, and smiled a little wider, for her head was in the clouds of her imagination.