Womens’ Shoes: The Magnificent Obsession

Written by Beth Marlin Lichter
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It begins when we are children, playing dress-up and putting on our mother’s high heels. They make us feel elegant and grown up and the training begins there. Whatever the image we desire to project, it starts with the shoes. Today it is not necessary to wear the most precarious of stilettos to a dressy event. Shoe designers have mercifully offered up a dazzling array of options which eliminate the need to risk breaking an ankle in the name of elegance and sophistication. The little black evening dress can now suitably be accessorized with a lovely ballet flat.

The old cliché “shoes make the outfit”, is as relevant as ever. A dress that hangs in the closet unworn can suddenly feel exciting again with the purchase of the perfect shoe to go with it.

Designers seasonally challenge our budgets with the unveiling of their new lines. Delicious colors and unique styles lure us into the department stores where we are likely to come upon a pair of something “we must have”. As the price tag feels astronomical, the big hunt to find a similar shoe, cheaper, somewhere else, is on. Shoe shopping is not just a pastime, it’s an obsession. And happening upon the ultimate dream shoe, affordable and appealing, feels like a victory.

Women love shoes. They make a statement about who we are. Our lifestyles can be instantly read by strangers, according to what we have on our feet. When we don’t have a nice pair of shoes to wear, we get depressed. When a favorite pair of slippers finally falls apart beyond repair, we go on a replacement mission that might take weeks.
Sometimes just looking through fashion magazines or perusing the shoe displays in our favorite shops can satisfy the shoe urge. Sometimes shoe binges occur, usually brought on by feeling depressed about something.

Men are often surprised by the female shoe obsession. They may be more practical-minded. Shoes must be worn to protect the feet and keep them comfortable. While being true, each woman has her own shoe identity, likes and dislikes. The day may be ruined by having left the house wearing the wrong pair of shoes. Or a serendipitous occurrence may be attributed to having worn those gorgeous black boots.

Women understand the power of the shoe. It comforts and gives warmth. It sparkles and dances. Whatever the mood, there is a shoe to fit it. Now get out there ladies and make your feet happy!

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