Created By: Landstander on June 23, 2009
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All Women Love Shoes

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Yes this probably needs a snappier title.

Inspired by the Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend YKTTW, in the world of fiction all women absolutely love shoes. Not only that, they judge people by the shoes they wear, have whole closets full of them, know every single designer, and no matter how expensive they simply must have the latest ones for the season. Don't question this, this is simply one of those "women things" that men will never understand and must never question.

(Too snarky for a write-up?)

Anyways, examples-

  • Sex and the City- made Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik household names, Carrie was shown to be in deep dept because of her collection of hundreds of shoes costing several hundred bucks a pop, and in one episode Charlotte's came across a shoe salesman with a foot fetish who loved her feet so much he gave her these fancy sandals for free. And many, many references to shoes being this kind of holy sacrament throughout the show's run. Loathe as I am to do X Just X, I was plenty tempted to do it for this show.

  • The Simpsons- While not typically a big concern of Marge and Lisa's, when the family went to New York City they were both utterly hypnotized by a revolving display of blue high heels. Also lampshades their Limited Wardrobe- "I know I already own a pair of shoes, but I want these so bad!"

  • Comes up quite frequently in the comic strip Cathy.

  • Sara from Zits has this trait sometimes- she once got deeply offended by Jeremy when he failed to notice her new boots (but subverting the "men never notice shoes" part of the trope, when Jeremy claims this he asks Hector what's new about Sara. "Besides the boots?") but they made up when she realized that he's more enraptured with the nuances of her face.

  • Parodied in a Far Side- a woman is on a date with a man wearing ridiculous clown shoes, dumping him because "I judge a man by the shoes he wears"

  • Used as a plot point in Legally Blonde- When the supposed lover of the defendant makes a remark about Elle's Prada shoes, she realizes that he couldn't be the woman's lover because "No straight man knows designer shoes!"

Community Feedback Replies: 24
  • June 21, 2009
    Jack Butler
    Real Life example: Imelda Marcos, wife of deposed Phillipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos, owned thousands of pairs of shoes when they were thrown out of the country.
  • June 21, 2009
    melloncollie
  • June 21, 2009
    RocketDude
    Veronica from the Archie Comics buys a lot of shoes in the comics.
  • June 22, 2009
    Landstander
    Bump for more examples?
  • June 22, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Jen of The IT Crowd loves shoes enough that she is willing to ruin her feet for them.
  • June 22, 2009
    melloncollie
    I'm sure there's at least a few examples from The Devil Wears Prada, but can't think of any off the top of my head.
  • June 22, 2009
    RawPower
    South Park had an episode about that: the list.
  • June 22, 2009
    Landstander
    Anyone thinks this needs a better title before I launch it later?
  • June 22, 2009
    Dcoetzee
    I like the current title.
  • June 22, 2009
    marjojo
    Love it. Bump.
  • June 22, 2009
    hszmv
    Carver of The Weekenders is a rare male example and possibly an aversion as there is no hint to the trope otherwise and no character ever compares the closet full of shoes to a womanly tendency. The love actually comes from his love of sports and all of his shoes are actually athletic in nature. Still, the man loves his shoes.
  • June 22, 2009
    random surfer
  • June 23, 2009
    Arivne
  • June 23, 2009
    Odon
    I Was Kidnapped By Lesbian Pirates From Outer Space had the heroine distraught when she couldn't break the laws of physics to fill their spaceship with all the shoes she's bought.

  • June 23, 2009
    SweetMadness
  • June 24, 2009
    Heatherly
    God, I hate this trope so much. Not this write-up, but the fact that the media is convinced all women worship at the altar of Prada.

    That said...

    In the pilot of Leverage, Nate talks about what his team did with the "shattering amounts of money" they made bankrupting a corrupt corporation. Sophie, The Chick, "bought a frightening number of shoes."

    Half of an entire scene in the Angel episode Billy (an episode about misogyny, domestic violence and women being victimized) is devoted to Cordelia and Lilah bantering about shoes.

    In a later episode, Cordelia threatens Eve thus: Get out of that chair and I will feed you those Manolo Blahniks. (pauses) Which are stunning, by the way.
  • June 25, 2009
    foxley
    Amanda Pierce and, to a lesser extent DJ, in The Latest Buzz.
  • July 16, 2009
    marjojo
    bump
  • July 16, 2009
    tropette
    I fucking hate this trope. (Not the write-up, the trope.) And there's a ton of merchandise that pushes it too.
  • July 16, 2009
    blackcat
    • Several of my friends are this trope. One has a whole room just for her shoes.
    • Episode of Hannah Montana: Miley's dad offers to buy her shoes if she will stop seeing Jake.
    • When I design a show I always get the characters shoes first. Part of this is practical, shoes are expensive and the actors need to get used to them, but shoes really establish personality pretty quickly for an audience.
  • July 16, 2009
    Sir Psycho Sexy
    This Skechers commercial.

    Man: "So...the first thing a girl notices about a guy is his shoes..."

    Woman: "And you're all wearing Skechers! Nice!"
  • July 16, 2009
    Jack Butler
    Actor Ron Perlman was once asked why he does so many B and C-grade movies. His response? "What can I say? My wife likes shoes..."
  • July 16, 2009
    dotchan
    This trope is less, IMHO, All Women Love Shoes and more Real Women Love Shoes (a la Real Women Wear Dresses), because tomboy and action chick characters tend to be less shoe-happy (or at least less concerned about shoes than saving the world).
  • July 16, 2009
    foxley
    In The Muppets' Wizard Of Oz, Dorothy refuses to put on the dead witch's shoes until Tattypoo points out that they're Manolos at which point Dorothy grabs them out of her hands.
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