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Vogue Features a Model Wearing Teva Sandals

As you are (hopefully) already aware, the rapture did not take place this past Saturday, despite the certainty of fanatical zealots. But, something even more earth-shatteringly unfathomable did occur. Something so bizarre and inconceivable that even we could have never thought it in the realms of possibility -- not even in our darkest, most subversive fantasies or the most far-reaching depths of our imaginations. As we blithely flipped through our monthly love letter from Anna Wintour, we optically absorbed all the pretty images, the summer-y advertisements featuring bronze-skinned lass', profiles on influential arbiters-of-taste and the lush, and oh-so-expensive editorials. One, titled "America the Beautiful," shot by regular contributor Craig McDean and styled by fashion director Tonne Goodman featured the rag's favorite models -- Karlie Kloss, Arizona Muse, Raquel Zimmerman and Karen Elson -- each donning an ensemble ready-made for a region-specific holiday one could take this summer. There was a flouncy gown made for a southern belle sipping iced-tea on a wraparound-porch somewhere outside of humid Atlanta, there was body-hugging neoprene for a surfer-chick and rustic plaids mixed with tech-y, lightweight outerwear for the adventurous outdoor-loving gal. This last vacationing archetype interested us the most because upon closer inspection, what did we find this lover of hiking and camping wearing upon her feet? Tevas.

We were perplexed and stunned, to say the least. Obviously Goodman was going for authenticity, but we would have never expected to see these tourist staples made the pages of Vogue. Surely someone had a more sensual boot or a fabulously sturdy sandal for poor Kloss to wear! So now, we'd like to defer to you, fashion lovers -- is Vogue being democratic and appealing to a real nature-loving girl (unlikely, though, as it was shown with a $620 Moncler jacket and a $$2,385 Balenciega plaid coat)? Perhaps just silly? Or do they think that maybe, Tevas are ready for their moment? Perhaps the apocalypse is coming, after all.

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