When did you know it was love? Was it love at first sight? Was it your first pair of red shoes? Or black patent Mary Janes? Platforms? Or those strappy roman sandals?
We do love our shoes, don’t we? Every style, shape and colour, we love them. Sometimes a little more agony, than ecstasy. Sometimes bordering on obsession, but still we carry on. After all, you don’t have to go on a diet to fit into your favourite shoes, right?
But it’s not just us. Think about it. Lots of people have a thing about shoes. Elvis Presley and Blue Suede Shoes. Paul Simon with Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes. Dorothy’s Ruby Red Slippers, Julia Roberts and her thigh-high, black patent boots in Pretty Woman. Those wonderful women from Sex and the City who introduced us to Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo.
Shoes can change the way you feel, like adjusting your attitude or putting on a smile. You need a boost of sexy, confidence, put on a pair of well-heeled pumps. Need a little comfort, maybe slip into a pair of ballerina flats.
And the men love our shoes, but we love our men and their fine shoes. (We’re not talking sneakers, here.) The shoes make the man. What says solid, respectable guy and gentleman more than a pair of classy lace up oxfords?
Our love affair probably started somewhere in the 16th century when the design of women’s shoes began to differ from men’s. High heels were introduced, in the court of Louis XIV, communicating the power and status of the wearer as they towered over the common folk.
On second thought, I think our obsession may have started with Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother.
What about you? Do you love your shoes? How many pairs of shoes do you own? Tell us about your favourite pair in the comments below.
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