"Bootism" or "Why Women Love Shoes So Much"

Why do women love shoes so much? What is the reason that a woman can walk past a clothing sale without batting an eyelid, look over a jewellery display without once reaching for her purse, but cannot resist the lure of a shoe-sale? Women and their love for shoes have been in the media a lot, from Imelda Marcos, to Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City, to our own Ms. Jayalalitha. Men wonder at these news stories and shake their heads, saying they will never understand this passion for shoes, while women plan out what their own shoe closet would look like if they had that kind of money.

Bootism is defined on its website as "a shoe religion, celebrating, explaining and validating the passion for everything shoes". I have found some really enlightening articles here, here and here. So here are a few reasons (out of my head, and from the wierd and wonderful web) of why I think we women love shoes:

  • We will find a pair of shoes that fits us, even if we have put on a few kilos of weight.
  • We don't need so much time trying them on, so we can buy them even if there is a sale on, and all the changing rooms are full.
  • We need shoes to go with all the different kinds of outfits we wear. Since women have more variety in the clothing, it is natural that their footwear will be proportionately varied, both in color and style.
  • The same style of shoes will look good on us, even if we need to buy a pair that is a few sizes larger. That can definitly not be said for a lot of items of clothing, e.g. miniskirts.
  • We can cover up or bare all, depending on the mood, without being whistled at by passers-by.
  • We simply cannot wear the same pair of shoes to a wedding and dance party!
I am sure the women who read this can think up thousands more reasons (please post them, I'll rework the list and add them in later!). And if men think they understand women really well and can tell me some of the reasons, of course, those are welcome too!

Here's to a long and faithful relationship with our beloved shoes!

8 comments:

mehul said...

Nice One ...

KoPoS said...

enlightening. and for a guy like me that can never ever hope to understand the psyche of the other side, tis a really goood start :)

keep penning! :)

Tanushree said...

and for a guy like me that can never ever hope to understand the psyche of the other side, tis a really goood start :)

Glad to be of service!!!

TaRuN said...

"Bootism" or "Why Women Love Shoes So Much" OR "Ode to a Shoe" :) Seems like these shoes can give us guys some pretty tough competition for the gal's attention - "cannot resist the lure ", "we women love shoes", "don't need so much time trying them on", "cover up or bare all", "long and faithful relationship".... guys don't stand a whelk's chance :)

Tanushree said...

@tarun I knew there was a reason not to post these things on the blogs!!! Now you will all know where you stand in the grand scheme of things!

KoPoS said...

@tanu
"Now you will all know where you stand in the grand scheme of things!"

and definitely thats nowhere encouraging :(

Ms.N said...

hee hee u forgot to mention the ones that say 'ill kill u , but u still cannot leave me'...

btw, the raw hide is a dream....

Aparna said...

well, it is not a fetish...it is a damn important necessity tanu!!! I mean, we buy a pair for comfort, one pair for style, one for the colour, one for the sheer joy of owning it, one for showing off the price tag, one for....well, there has to be one for something-or-the-other reason (I still haven't got shoes to match all the reasons for owning them, so am still looking).
So you see, shoes, like guys, don't usually come with the qualities in one, so we need more than one.....now aren't teh guys happy that we don't apply the same criteria to them????