My 5 Best Songs About Shoes

Perhaps I’m addicted to list making (much like my strange addictions to vintage glasses frames and coconut water) but after compiling a list of my favorite movies about shoes, I felt compelled to build a follow up! Music, much like shoes, is a very important facet in my life, so why not combine the two into something acoustically pleasing inspired by that of aesthetic greatness? Shoe songs! What a concept. While there have been many, I have whittled my list down to 5 of what I consider to be the very best songs about shoes.

 

Kenny Loggins - Footloose
5. Kenny Loggins – “Footloose”

This may just be my affinity for young Kevin Bacon talking, but this is a classic shoe tune. It’s a quintessential 80’s song that can’t help but bring a smile to your face, but ultimately it is a serious ditty about a man’s inner struggle to combat his absolute need to dance with his need to fit into a strict society where dancing is not allowed. Oh the inner turmoil and torture! So dark, such overwhelming angst! Kidding.The title track from the wonderfully cheesy 80’s flick Footloose, thing song is fun, great for dancing and an absolute wedding reception staple. This song even got Grandma Joan tapping her toes when it played at my last cousins reception. Not to mention, Sarah Jessica Parker stars in this flick pre Carrie Bradshaw! Those are some serious shoe roots. So kick off those Sunday shoes (or don’t, if they are cute and you can dance in them) and enjoy.

The Beatles - Old Brown Shoe
4. The Beatles – “Old Brown Shoe”

Ahhh, The Beatles. While not everyone is a fan, it is hard to find a person who doesn’t enjoy at least one song. With such a diverse catalog, these gents covered quite a span of music tastes. This song, which features George Harrison on vocals, was originally released as a B-side to “The Ballad of John and Yoko” and displays those four blokes in all of their “we are going through a weird drug phase” glory. Plus it’s one of those tracks with George Harrison on vocals, a bit of a rarity for Beatles hits (obviously not as rare as a Ringo song…poor Ringo), which makes it even more wonderful.

KC and the Sunshine Band - Boogie Shoes

3. KC and the Sunshine Band – “Boogie Shoes”

This playfully suggestive disco hit (are they really talking about dancing?) was featured on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack and is undoubtedly a song to shake your hips to (in whatever fashion you’d prefer). This tune takes me back when John Travolta was a dreamy blue eyed babe (granted I wasn’t alive at the time, but I’ve seen photos) before he got all bald and starting sporting a weird goatee for Battlefield Earth. Yowch. It just makes me want to throw on my pair of highwaisted bell bottom jeans, which I do in fact own and are wonderful, with some far too tall heels and attempt to dance the night away. Boogie. Shoes. Yes please.

Carl Perkins - Blue Suede Shoes

2. Carl Perkins – “Blue Suede Shoes”

While this song was made popular by the late great Elvis Presley, it was originally written and first performed by Mr. Perkins himself. A fantastic tune of it’s time, if I was a mother when this was released I would have certainly been scared of the hip shaking it induced! This song is not only fun, catchy and made of toe tapping greatness but it also stresses the importance of shoes. Shoes over everything! The lyrics state “you can do anything, but lay off of my blue suede shoes”. And he literally means anything. Arson, theft, slander, enacting violence on his FACE, but when it comes to the shoes you better back the hell off. Well put Perkins, well put.

Nancy Sinatra - These Boots are Made for Walking
1. Nancy Sinatra – “These Boots Are Made for Walking”

This song is sexy. Play it in your room while trying on a pair of boots and try not to feel like a vixen. I dare you. This addictive 60’s hit is the perfect song about shoes: sexy, fun, flirtatious, catchy and it let’s the shoes do all the work. The boots are the star of the song! They own the song, and some day they will own you. I don’t know about you, but I find a bit of truth in these lyrics (serious debt to a shoe addiction?). Interestingly enough, after it’s release this song was widely considered a disappointment after the career legacy of her father Frank. Admittedly, those are some rather big shoes to fill (pun definitely intended), but later on it became one of the most addictive songs of the 60’s. While she never had another hit, this iconic song lives on today as a fantastically sexy ballad to the one we call shoe. Play it again!

I know I left out plenty of greats. What are you favorites?

 

12 Responses to “My 5 Best Songs About Shoes”

  1. Audi May 25, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    What, no love for Adam Ant’s Puss ‘n Boots??

  2. Margot May 25, 2011 at 8:52 pm #

    How about a slight variation: Fats Waller’s “Your Feet’s Too Big”?

  3. Anonymous May 25, 2011 at 11:33 pm #

    Bob Dylan’s Boots of Spanish Leather

  4. Broad May 26, 2011 at 4:00 am #

    “In These Shoes?” by the late, great Kirstie MacColl.

    • speasummerlin May 26, 2011 at 7:48 am #

      “New Shoes” by Paolo Nutini.
      Fun, fun, fun!!!

  5. Long Island May 26, 2011 at 9:06 am #

    Loved, loved, loved “These Boots are Made for Walking”. I was no more than 7 when that song was released. It was part of 45 collection. I begged and pleaded until I got a pair of zip up the side, vinyl, black go go boots. I may have slept in those boots. My Mother even caught me dancing on top of my child size play table. In spite of my early interest in go go dancing I did turn out mostly respectable.

  6. erik nabler May 26, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    Not a fan of Old Brown Shoe. Polythene Pam talks about Jackboots, that might be my favorite Beatles song mentioning shoes, at least in a minor way. Need to think about this list. Good one.

  7. erik nabler May 26, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    Not even sure what I was thinking. Obviously Nelly’s Air Force One’s must (MUST I SAY) be listed in a top 5 shoes song list. What could be more of an iconic shoe song? Celebrating the very culture of famous, must-have, shoes?

  8. floretbroccoli May 26, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    Elvis Costello
    (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes

  9. Victor May 26, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    floretbroccoli, thank you for mentioning one of my all-time favorite turn-up-the-radio-and-sing-out-loud-really-really-loudly songs. I’d also like to propose “My Adidas” by RUN DMC. While I’m not a fan of rap, I must admit the song is truly iconic for the attention it brought to rap music, as well as to Adidas athletic shoes.

  10. MDTaz May 26, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

    Shine on your Shoes by Bunny Berrigan, best recording by Mel Torme.

  11. Dani May 27, 2011 at 5:20 pm #

    Huh. Looking back, I am now almost certain it was Nancy Sinatra and my white gogo boots that set me on a path of feminine self-confidence. I still remember listening to “These Boots Are Made For Walking” playing on the jukebox at the Sugar Bowl diner in my hometown while wearing the boots which were the talk of the kindergarten, let me tell you. I wouldn’t take them off- I even played kickball in those beauties- and walked all over the competition!