We've had a lot of talk here on Empowher about shoes. MBT shoes, all sorts of shoes that talk about helping to get to fitness goals faster, that actually tone the butt, legs and help with posture and everything in between.
But there are very few who have 60, 70 or even 100 of these kinds of shoes (unless we're getting them via endorsements, sports-star style!). Many women do, however, have 50, 100 or even 200 pairs of shoes, from sandals to cool boots to strappy slingbacks and sky high heels.
Even in a bad economy with problems all around us - shoes can cheer us up no end.
Why IS that?
Most women love shoe shopping, compared to clothes shopping. Clothes shopping is fun but there's always the risk you can't fit into your usual size anymore, or that your flat belly has morphed into muffin top over night causing horror in the fitting rooms.
But shoes? Nah. Shoes nearly always good look, no matter what our size. The big woman can add shape to her legs - the petites can spring up 3 or 4 inches. We don't really grow out of our shoes like we do out clothes. A few extra donuts may have us choosing our sweats instead of our skinnies but our shoes? Always our friend!
Our butts are raised up and stick out just a little bit - enough to make us look like a killer queen in our jeans or a shapely goddess in our little black dress.
How can an "ehhh" outfit look good? A hum drum dress look amazing? Shoes! They can make or break an outfit. We sometimes even choose our outfit around our shoes and boots, not the other way around. And why not? A gorgeous pair of shoes can make us feel like a million dollars as soon as we step into them. They can be of any color, any size, any height, shape or material. With shoes, the possibilities are endless.
Or so they tell me!
The most cited reasons for women loving shoes are the following-
They often last longer than clothes
They can make or break an outfit
They dress up even the plainest of clothes
Heels make legs and butts look great
Men drool over high heels, which women enjoy
High heels make women feel taller and slimmer
The choices and types of shoes and boots are endless
A woman of any shape and size can wear great heels. No such thing as that size 0 stuff.
Easy to slip on, easy to slip off...
They just make us happy and feel good
We feel more sexy and feminine with heels
Without them, many women believe their clothing is somehow "unfinished" and incomplete. Fashion is like cake - the clothes provide a strong foundation but the shoes and accessories are the icing. The pièce de résistance!
I think we all know that high heeled shoes are not good for our bodies but most of us love them anyway. And won't give all of them up for a collection of sensible flats no matter what the experts say.
So with this in mind, tell us:
Do you love shoes? Why? What makes footwear, once used simply for warmth and protection, such an artistic statement these days? Do you want to confess how many pairs you have?
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