Give a girl the right shoes…

Marilyn Monroe had it right when she said: “ Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” The hit television series “Sex and the City” was not far off in its portrayal of Carrie Bradshaw, whose neurotic and irrational hunger for stilettos steered the storyline of many an episodes.

Bradshaw represents the multitudes of women who create regal storage spaces in matchbox-sized studio apartments to properly house their shoe collections. It’s a question between her live and her shoes, for these women, the answer is a resounding, emphatic , “Blahnik’s”. Furthermore, some tales of footwear fiends have historical significance. We only need look to the notorious former first lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos, whose three thousand pair strong collection regularly made front-page news.

With such varied cultural touchstones and countless friends and acquaintances who can share at least one “memorable shoe story”, it is clear that many women have a special connection to this object that cradles, kisses, and contorts their lowest body part. Moreover, it have become increasingly impossible to ignore the fact that footwear is metamorphosing into giant iridescent lobster claws and other surreal shapes. Shoes have gotten wilder and more imaginative over the years.