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You've heard about the chunky glasses you order online for not much money, dark plastic to snap onto your head — a mask of irony to hide behind, skinny jeans for your face. And they're only about $100. All you have to do is go somewhere with one of those gadgets that measures your pupillary distance — the space between your challenged little eyes and where the lenses should sit. You're on the Plaza, so you walk into Milan Optique and immediately remember why shopping for new glasses is best done in person, in the company of someone who doesn't mince words. "No, no, no, not those," says the woman working there. But those are just like the ones you want online. Uh oh. These, though: perfect. They bring out that odd mutton color in your irises, complement the sad pitch of your eyelids. OK, they're $600, but do the math. You're going to wear them every day, so they need to be durable and should never cause you regret or attract the odd stares of those whose sight is blessedly uncorrected. And these glasses — these perfect, just-for-you glasses — really are all yours, because when you buy them, the store moves on and stocks something new, something other than your pair. What's your pupillary distance, then? It's however many steps you take from your house to Milan.