‘Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.’ – Marilyn Monroe

There is just something about a great pair of shoes.

I have never really considered myself a ‘shoe person’.  I only really have six pairs of shoes (work shoes, gym shoes, thongs (flip flops, not underwear), summer sandals, casual flats and one pair of boots for winter.)  At one stage in my life I only ever bought black shoes because they went with everything, now I’m a little more adventurous.

What I have discovered through the writing of my first complete novel is that I actually do love shoes.  The name of my upcoming series is “Love, Money & Shoes” in which I use high-end designer shoes as a plot device.  Who knew?  I have a closet shoe fetish.

Maybe if I had to wear high heels everyday or worked in the city or had more money I might be tempted to buy more shoes and, secretly, I wish I did have an excuse because there is just something about the right pair of shoes.  I may not buy a lot of shoes, but I do lust after them.  They complete your outfit, they dress it up or dress it down and they make you feel good wearing them.  They can make you feel feminine, or powerful, or casual, or sporty.  As Coco Chanel once said:

A woman with good shoes is never ugly.

I must have passed on my shoe obsession to my sons, they both buy shoes obsessively and are known to buy multiple pairs of soccer boots at a spend of over $200 a pair at the start of each soccer season.  One of my sons went to the UK and had to buy a suitcase just to bring back all his new shoes (and paid an extra baggage fee).  My husband, on the other hand, has two pairs of shoes (work/sport shoes and going out shoes) and wears them until they have holes in them and are falling apart.

There are whole blogs written about just shoes and there are pages and pages of Pinterest pins about shoes, there is even an Australian accountant who wrote a book called More Money for Shoes which is aimed at women in business.  There is just something about shoes that speaks to us.

Shoes have been used throughout literature from the fairy tale of Cinderella to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (where in the original they were silver, not red), in children’s books like Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild (and subsequent editions), in cinema (The Red Shoes) and in television (Sex and the City).  And these are just a few examples.  The more you look, the more you find.

The shoes we wear define us, whether we like it or not.  You may choose shoes for their comfort and wearability which in turn says something about you and how you approach life.  On the other hand, you may choose shoes based entirely on how they look, and again, that tells me something about you.  I bet that if I went through your shoe cupboard and looked at all the different types of shoes you wear, I could make a fair assessment on your personality.

I look at the shoes I wear, the shoes I covet, the shoes I keep even though I can no longer wear them and I know that each pair says something about me…what about you?

 

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