It’s Gotta Be the Shoes
An article about shoes has been making the Internet rounds this week, and it’s sparked my interest. No surprise there. The article posits, that based on several research studies, shoes have an enormous cultural impact, both historically and in the present moment. Our shoes say who we are, and it’s how many people make judgments, based on outward appearance. I’ll admit–I fall into this camp. If I see a woman sauntering down the sidewalk in sky-high heels, I think “Damn, girl, you’re talented!” or “Wow, you must take pride in what you look like.” This is different from what I think when I see a woman, say, in a power suit with running sneakers, a la Melanie Griffith in Working Girl.
The article also mentions how many pairs of shoes the typical person owns. Right now, there are six pairs of shoes under my desk at work alone. I have a storage bin under the bed for sandals and the floor of my side of the closet is piled high with shoes–rain boots, snow boots, flat boots, heeled boots, ankle boots, granny boots, pumps, peeptoe pumps, flats, Converse, running sneakers, espadrilles, flip flops–the list goes on and on. And still, I feel as though I don’t have enough shoes. I love them, and I know I’m not alone.
What’s interesting is the concept of shoe as cultural artifacts. I don’t think it strikes us just how pervasive the shoe is in our culture–here are just a few iconic shoes, just off the top of my head:
Dorothy’s ruby slippers
Nike Air Jordans
Cinderella’s glass slipper
In Her Shoes
Kurt Cobain’s Chucks
Angela Chase’s Doc Martens
Can you think of more?? In closing, shoes are the best.