Based on the title alone, I knew I would enjoy this documentary. The documentary God Save My Shoes, directed and written by Julie Benasra, is about the history of women’s love affair with shoes. It touches on the psychological, physiological and sociological theories behind this attraction many of us seem to have for this oh so feminine accessory.
The last time I was at the McCord Museum, it was for the Grace Kelly exhibition, which really didn’t disappoint. It was with great pleasure that I returned yesterday for another culturally entertaining evening; the viewing of God Save My Shoes introduced to us by Cynthia Cooper.
The documentary featured big names such as Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, Fergie, Kelly Rowland, Dita Von Teese. It talks about shoe trends and functionality from the early 1700s to today and how the stiletto debuted after WWII. What was the most interesting to me was the why behind this common shoe addiction. Do women love shoes because men love the way it accentuates the female form or do women love shoes because they actually internalize the sexuality that the shoe represent? Is the stiletto the women’s version of the power tie? Or is it actually more symbolic of feminine oppression by its lack of practicality and the sexual objectification it triggers? Another theory as to why men and women love high heels is that our subconscious recognizes the arched foot as a sexual movement that is done when having an orgasm. Whichever side of the feminist fence you decide to be on when it comes to high heels, you cant help but be fascinated that this one accessory makes women all over the world feel such a way that even the recession couldn’t keep us from buying them. This 48 billion dollar industry shows no signs of slowing down.
Personally, I love me a sexy pair of high heels. There is definitely something sexual about high heels but to me it is more about an ownership of one’s sexuality. As a feminist, when I wear my high heels the statement is more like “I can be feminine and sexual while still being strong and powerful” and “Anything you can do I can do better AND in heels.” I don’t believe that being equal to men mean we have to be (or look) like them, but I digress.
PS: In case you missed it, this viewing can be purchased or rented on Amazon