I love shoes. Flats, wedges, stilletos, peeptoes, sandals, I love them all. I have loved them as far as I can remember. I have stopped counting the number of shoes I have (my favs till now are Burberry and Ferragamo). What’s also imprinted in my mind is the uncountable number of shoes my mum used to have when I grew up. I remember them in all colours with matching handbags: all shades of red, yellow, blue, purple, green, etc. etc. Is it true what they say about women, shoes and obsession?
Brand experts believe that when we buy a new pair of shoes, the brain releases a chemical which is similar to the one released when we take drug and it makes us feel good. Others argue that, because “we are wired to associate height with power“, wearing high heel shoes make us feel more powerful; apparently, there’s some history linked to this as long ago only wealthy people wore high heels.
Alyssa Siegel cites Dr Steele who believes shoes are “an intimate extension of our body” and say a lot about who we are. It is closely attached to the image of what we want to project to the world and who we think we are. I must admit that buying a new pair of shoes do give me great pleasure – a real adrenaline kick! I have never consciously thought about image but I do put some work into it: choosing, trying, comparing, deciding and finally buying!
Shoes are also compared to pieces of art, similar to sculptures. Women tend to collect as many as they can and would often display them, in the same way they would do with the sculptures. It is believed that on average a woman will have about 20 pair of shoes at the same time. She will rarely wear the one she likes the most, preferring to display it! Whatever the reason, it is beyond doubt that women and shoes do have an old love affair.
I would’t dare recommend a specific brand of shoes for you ladies; however for girls, I really love Burberry, Mini Melissa and Jacadi Paris. Very cute!