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Funny what you can learn as you wait for Thanksgiving dinner.

[caption id="attachment_797" align="aligncenter" width="300" class=" "]Kenneth Cole "Wyne" $230 Kenneth Cole "Wyne" $230[/caption]

In between rounds of our invented pre-dinner game, and snacks, and glasses of wine and other liquid lubricants, I learnt about a secret (not anymore) sect of shoe addicts.  According to my regular church-going niece “N” and her friend “S”, there’s such a thing as the shoe-ministry. Those who believe in the power of a good pair of shoes.

[caption id="attachment_798" align="aligncenter" width="300" class=" "]Louise et cie "Inulya" $190. Louise et cie "Inulya" $190.[/caption]

N and S are choir-members at their church - which means lots of standing each Sunday, as the church in question is given to worshipping for hours on end. (Does it sound as though I might not be a church-goer?) You would think that that might mean wearing shoes that were comfortable for the purpose on hand. You might also think that their minds might be focused on things spiritual rather than secular. But you would be wrong.

[caption id="attachment_799" align="aligncenter" width="300" class=" "]Jessica Simpson "Malia" $100 Jessica Simpson "Malia" $100[/caption]

What it really means is that between singing praises, and worshipping and the like; N, S and their cohorts are also checking out the shoes being worn by other women in the church. And there’s a point system of sorts. But the point system is contingent on arbitrary and highly subjective criteria. Your outfit has to match the shoes. You can’t wear an outfit that reflects badly on your shoes, or vice versa. According to N and S, “that’s a waste of a shoe.”

[caption id="attachment_800" align="aligncenter" width="300" class=" "]Enzo Angiolini "Issax" $130 Enzo Angiolini "Issax" $130[/caption]

Red-bottoms get the most points. Obviously. But Lord help the woman who decides to paint the bottom of her shoes the desired colour. “Girl, your shoes are chipping.” I was on the floor with laughter until I heard about the 80yr old who has a shoe for every outfit. And apparently she has many outfits, and therefore, many shoes. 

[caption id="attachment_802" align="aligncenter" width="300" class=" "]Enzo Angiolini "Emeley" $125. Enzo Angiolini "Emeley" $125.[/caption]

It just goes to show, it doesn’t matter what age you are, whether you’re a believer or an atheist, your shoes will always define you.

And you will always find something at heelboy.com to impress whoever’s keeping score.



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