“God Save My Shoes”
I recently (FINALLY!) saw the documentary, “God Save My Shoes” on HuluPlus and loved it. The film highlights the obsession and love affair that women have with shoes. But not just the fact that stilettos are sexy- the film shows the evolution of shoes and even how shoes help define a personality, a mood, an emotion that we want to convey….just with the items on our feet.
The film interviews women and designers and talks about the heels, the height, how can women walk in these?, what is the limit? is there a limit? and also- the artwork that some of the shoes display. Have you ever noticed the form of the stiletto: to die for.
The film discusses how women in the U.S. buy 7-8 pairs a year, making us #1 in shoe buying, with the French hot on our heels. Even during the recession- shoes were still the big seller. Perhaps women went from buying 5 pairs, to 3, but they continued buying. The reason being simple: shoes can instantly transform an item. You may not be able to buy the whole outfit, but shoes……instant gratification.
The debate about the height limit was interesting…especially the men who don’t understand the passion for heels. The fact that women own shoes that we can’t actually walk in is humorous to many. But, still- many women own the S&M (stand and model). I have shoes that are only made for me to stand, lean against a wall, or sit down: not walking. Crazy? Yes. Yes it is. LOL Healthy? No. Our bodies do have adjust how we walk…..not always graceful. A crack in the sidewalk…ummm not ideal. I have the scars to prove their danger. But, we continue buying them and continue to wear them. The designers, like Blahnik, Louboutin, Kors- will tell you they love women and they love shoes and they design these items of affection that we revere and we love them for it.
I personally loved the argument that women feel a sense of empowerment in these shoes. I know that I see it daily- women in positions of power rockin’ their heels- a woman has the ability to be feminine and powerful. Some disagree. One person in the film said that it might be a bit delusional, that she’ll believe heels are a sign of power when men wear heels. I personally disagree.
Shoes can be a status symbol, they are art, they are functional, and evoke so many feelings. There was a comment in the film about how some feminists think stilettos are a form of foot binding, of modern day torture….the counter to that (as was mentioned in the film)- we can actually take them off. Ha ha!
Women have many choices in footwear and no matter what is chosen: we feel good in them. I live in my heels- I love my heels. I love being taller, of feeling pretty, of having people comment on them. I take pride in what I wear, but the real kick is no matter what I weigh- my shoes are something I never feel bad in trying on. It’s great.
I loved the documentary: great interviews, images, humor, and information about the shoe evolution (although I am not a fan of the foot fetish stuff)- it was all very interesting! The argument of who actually created the stiletto…was it Vivier, Ferragamo, Perugia? will apparently never be resolved.
I love my shoes. I love the shoes that I don’t even own yet (like the one pictured here)! God Save My Shoes indeed and God Save Your Shoes. :)
P.S. I MUST buy a pair of Pierre Hardy shoes….AMAZING!