“I still have my feet on the ground, I just wear better shoes.”- Oprah Winfrey
Like many women, I've got a thing about shoes. Unlike a lot of women, it's not a particular type of shoe or girly shoes or whatever. It's just shoes. Love them. Boots. Converse sneakers. Vintage pumps. Roman-style sandals. Elaborate, brightly colored wedges. Platform sneakers. Whatever. I am fascinated with the variety in which shoes appear. How they can be art on your feet. How you can tell so much about a person from what shoes they wear. In fact, with the noteable exception of modern athletic shoes (which all blend together and to my eye look like homogenized rubber status symbols) I have a general love of shoes.
There is much fascination with shoes or we wouldn't have so many incarnations in polular culture; Dorothy's Ruby slippers, Cinderella's glass slippers, the enchanted red ballet shoes of "The Red Shoes," the focus of much conflict in the film and book "In Her Shoes," practically supporting characters in the film "Kinky Boots" ...um. Well, CLEARLY I could go on and on.
So I'm working on a shoe CD. I make mix CD's for my friends, with carefully selected songs following a theme and full color covers and painstakingly applied labels. I have no idea WHY I put so much effort into this. I just do. It makes me happy.
So the shoe CD playlist thus far is:
"Goody Two Shoes" - Adam Ant
"Blue Suede Shoes" Elvis Presley
"Boogie Shoes" - KC & the Sunshine band
"Shoes" - Kelly
"In These Shoes" - Kristy MacColl
"These Boots are Made for Walking" - Nancy Sinatra
"I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" - Scissor Sisters
I'm thinking "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" qualifies by virtue of close association with Very Famous Shoes.