Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Shoe Fascination

Last week while shopping (mostly looking) on Worth Avenue, Palm Beach I snapped the photo above.  Shoes fascinate me.  I have over 100 pairs and seldom a week goes by that have I not bought or wanted to buy another pair.  There I have admitted it.  I don't think I am alone and feel that my obsession likely falls well inside typical female behavior.   My mother had beautiful shoes and playing with them was always a fun experience.  To help understand my fascination I found an article in the online Psychology Tomorrow Magazine.  Here is a little of the article and link.  Enjoy.

Flats, heels, boots, ballets, sandals, clogs, platforms, wedges, strappy, buckled, lace-ups, peep-toes, I love shoes, desire and lust after them. I feel my heart race when I look at shoes I am considering buying, feel a jolt of joy when I wear them the first time. I know that I need to have shoes like I know that I need to eat and breathe. Perhaps I wouldn’t die if I had to wear the same drab pair of shoes for the rest of my life but some part of me would wilt and fade. Sometimes when I think about the things I would scramble to grab if my house were on fire, I think about my shoes. I feel pretty confident that I would make sure my dog and cat were safely out of harms way first, but after that I would grab my shoes.

I am far from the only woman who feels this way. Most of us do. On average, a woman owns 20 pairs of shoes at any given time. Many own more.

This was the theme of Shoe Obsession, an exhibition at The Museum of New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.), where 150 contemporary shoes by 50 different international designer were showcased in such a way as to inspirer the same feeling of awe and reverence that one might experience in a house of prayer.

The excitement began as I walked down the stairs, one among a crowd of woman and a few scattered male worshipers, to the basement museum of F.I.T. where the walls and floors were painted black, adding to the mystery of our “secret” obsession. No photos were permitted, but nearly every woman snapped at least one blurry shot with their I-phone before the guards could reprimand her.

The shoes were spotlighted in showcases like artifacts at the Vatican. They went from wearable to wild — spikes, glass, feathers, studs, lace. Every material available in the world seemed to be represented somewhere on some shoe. Though some compelled me more than others for a variety of reasons, I couldn’t choose a favorite......

Most women will tell you that they love their shoes because of the way they make them feel. And many women are willing to play with shoes in a way they don’t play with other parts of their wardrobe.

The whole article here:  psychologytomorrowmagazine.com

1 comment:

  1. Great shoe post. I'm one of the many people that LOVE shoes and I'm also part of the small group of men that LOVE women's shoes.