I offer you a chronicle of a book that I read with pleasure: ‘ All about women and their shoes ‘. My goal was to better understand what drives women when they buy and when they wear shoes. For me it’s clear, women have a special relationship with this essential female beauty as I like to call them. I have already explained to you why in this article on what the shoes bring me positive .
I will start with a summary of the book and then give you my opinion .
This book is based on a study initiated by the online sales site spartoo.com. It was written by Coline Lett in collaboration with Vanessa Genin . About fifteen women were invited to talk about their shoes and the relationship they have with them as part of this study.http://www.uncmart.com
The shoes refine the silhouette , highlight the chest and the waistline.
The word ‘court shoe’ comes from the root ‘ scarpa ‘ which means shoe in Italian. It also comes from the verb ‘to escarpiner’, which means to run lightly (what a paradox).
Shoes aren’t just for walking, they’re like an anti-depressant .
Shoes are a reflection of the person who wears them.
In the morning, we choose the one who will have the honor to accompany us all day.
People buy 6 pairs a year in France for example. The French are the European champions of shoe consumption.
Why then so much enthusiasm?
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9 pairs on average are bought this time by women over a year. They represent 50% of the footwear market in France. In truth it is even more! Women often feel guilty about making purchases that are not essential. They underestimate their stock and do not dare talk about it too much. These purchases are often irrational favorites . Women don’t wear some, buy too big or too small, ect. The coquetry of buying a lot of them is not a concern if you wear them.
Women don’t choose their shoes just for walking, it’s more complicated than that.
Comfort remains an absolute truth , a primary criterion. No way to have sore feet. Comfort is a subjective criterion and depends on individual needs.
The woman buys alone at 70% , with a girlfriend at 30% (this is different from the man who is always accompanied).
A shoe is an eccentricity within reach. You can change, transform your silhouette just by changing your shoe style.
For blogger Mathilde Toulot , ‘you have to know how to measure your silhouette. When the heel flies off, the skirt lengthens. We choose a point of seduction and we calm the others’.
A little history
Historically, the shoe is a sign of nobility and extravagance . It is also made for men (Louis XIV period). The difference between men’s and women’s fashion was not made until the end of the 18th century . Men’s fashion then becomes more sober and women’s fashion remains more extravagant. It is cultural and historical.
It is important to balance our share of femininity and masculinity by breaking an outfit between jeans and heels, between skirt and boots. Everything is in the contrast, the shift. The boot is borrowed from the men’s cloakroom (men wore them for riding, for hunting, for war). We make ourselves masculine by wearing a masculine referent with a skirt. It was in 1960 that boots became common in the women’s wardrobe because it was also at this time that the mini skirt appeared.
The heeled shoe is the most feminine , so you have to be careful to dose it so as not to be vulgar (avoid the total look).
The boot is used to reduce the feminine side of the garment and the pump is to be associated with a more sober outfit.
The word ‘vulgar’ means a lack of distinction and class. He joins the fear of women to look like a prostitute.
Finesse and pleasure
The feminine shoe represents finesse . The stiletto heel pump is the ideal of the feminine shoe in our ideology. It is the most dressy shoe, the most beautiful thanks to the delicacy of its heel, its line, its kick that reveals.
Basketball is not seen as feminine . But women wear them because there is a rapprochement between women’s fashion and men’s fashion (standardization).
The shoe is also a symbol of seduction. But above all a symbol of narcissistic pleasure . We try to please ourselves, the shoe seduces the one who wears it. We also love to look at our shoes!
Chapter 2: ideal body
Our best friends?
Our shoes are allies in front of the mirror because the foot is rather spared by complexes and by the standards in which women believe.
It is a pleasure to try on a shoe because it fits almost everyone. But there are still some complexes : bump on the side, shape of the foot, not pretty foot. So how do you hide your little foot defects?
For example in the United States, the practice of collagen exists at the heel and below the toes to increase the comfort of shoes with heels.
73% of women complain of sore feet . We are able to suffer for wearing stiletto heels which cause these ailments. What are they? Corns, plantar pain, perspiration, ingrown toenails, toe pain , etc. The 3 cm heel is ideal for good ankle support and for the arch of the foot.
A few tips: ice your feet to relieve the joints and muscles; massage them with an arnica-based oil; take anti-inflammatory tablets from natural organic plants.
In the end, the shoe gives a finality to its outfit, character to its approach and a touch of madness .
High heels are signs of discomfort, insecurity, pain and technical inefficiency . They are more symbolic and social than practical. Walking in high heels is a sport !
When wearing high heels, it is important to know how to walk in them and to be comfortable. It can be learned. How? ‘Or’ What ?
You have to train at home, in front of a mirror. Practice in secret to make believe that it is an innate discipline; stand straight, roll hips. All this so that the heel becomes an extension of the body.People Who Read This Article Also Read: How To Make The Most Of The Sale: 8 Tips You Should Know
High heels are worn for occasions like a wedding or a party . The heels reshape the silhouette, the shapes are accentuated, the legs lengthen. Ideally, a woman wants to have a beautiful figure and be comfortable, this is the most difficult compromise to find .
The trick: manage your body but also your time during the day (pumps only for the evening, another pair for the evening if out late).
Chapter 3: the story of a lifetime
A shoe also represents a memory , an imprint; a benchmark for the passage of time. It is the shoe of a lifetime, that we loved, that we love and that we will love forever . Like a blanket.
The shoe is an essential accessory, it has a practical and aesthetic utility, it is a cult object. Basic and essential, it reflects the past, present and future.
The shoe is an image of who I am: ‘ tell me which shoe you wear, I will tell you who you are ‘. It can be a first impression on a personality.
The heeled shoe allows you to be more self-confident for work, for a date. It also allows you to appear more adult, to be taken seriously. When we gain height, we gain confidence, we impose ourselves more easily.
Chapter 4: the taste of others
Women have very specific ideas about the aesthetics of shoes. How is it that we find a beautiful or ugly pair? In fact, the more a model has existed since the dawn of time, the more it is unanimously found beautiful . It has nothing to do with our 6th sense.
In the 4th century, the three essential types of shoes were formed:
- the shoe,
- the boot,
- the sandal.
All current models derive from these three major forms.
Poiret’s law is interesting: any fashion that tends towards excess is doomed to disappear . This is why the basics are timeless . The most popular models are often presented as sure values, authentic models. Examples: pumps, sandals, ballet flats, boots, moccasins. We all survived the vagaries of history.
A fashion story
Fashion is cyclical and a part of all the shoes come back regularly in our wardrobes.
For example, spartans were all the rage in antiquity, 50 years ago, 20 years ago and still today.
Another example: shoes with fringes are a revival of the 80s.
The models that we love are familiar to us. We have seen them so much that it is natural to have a pair.
Other models on the other hand are not unanimous . We love them or we hate them.
For example: UGGs are for some ridiculous because they look like slippers.
In Europe, each has its own style .
- In France : gladiator sandals and ballerinas are safe values.
- In Italy : high heels are preferred.
- In Finland : there is more originality (nails, shine).
- In England : wedge sneakers.
- In Germany : oxfords.
In our imagination
Our tastes often come from imitation for a trusted person: his parents, his peers.
We are all fashion addicts dependent on trends, brands, groups, activities.
The shoes that make us dream are not especially the ones we wear every day.
There is one interesting quote: ‘ Wear the shoes you dream of every day ‘.
The shoe is a work of art that we also exhibit in museums or a decorative object in our home.People who read this article also read: How To Wear Thigh High Boots?
The female shoe is part of our imagination and it has very extensive representations. So we have a lot of them!
The shoes have several functions :
- expression of femininity
- identity construction
- ally to control your body and look
- memory of an era
Shoes are more aesthetic than practical.
Heeled shoes are akin to a sporting discipline.
We love them because they say and do a lot more things than they seem .
My opinion on this book
The last words of this book join my first article . I wrote it before I even read ‘All About Women and Their Shoes’. So I tend to agree with the philosophy of this book which explains how much a shoe is a particular object for a woman and how special the relationship we have with her shoes. I recommend it if you want to objectify how you feel about your shoes or if you want to see them differently . To better understand them and especially to better understand what it brings to you. Whether aesthetically or psychologically.
The testimonials of women like you and me are a little more to personalize the different chapters which could sometimes give the impression of being disembodied generalities . However, this is not the case at all. The authors really relied on a precise questionnaire and on the answers of the interviewees to build the book and give it its consistency. We also quickly forget that the study was originally initiated by spartoo.com, an online shoe store. In any case, the commercial accent is not expressed between the lines.
There is also a very nice little testat the end of the book which allows you to know what ‘addict’ you are in relation to the purchase of shoes. No surprise on my side, I’m unmasked!
This book is easy to read in one go . I would gladly give it 4 stars!
And you, what relationship do you have with your shoes? Great love stories or immediately forgotten? Feel free to leave me a comment, share your experiences or tell me what you think.
See you soon and thank you for reading me,
Thank you for reading this article !