Shoes in Cinema: Kinky Boots

I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing cobblers glue.

I’m in Virginia now, and although the worst seems to be over, the whole DC Metro area got pounded like British currency. My fella, Hot Latin Boy, is holding down the fort at Plumcake Cottage in Baja, Mexico where a previously inactive volcano has started to be less inactive as one might hope. Frankly I’m just one Aimee Mann song away from that crazy scene in Magnolia and I’m pretty sure my wiper blades won’t be able to take it.

I’ve got this weird survivalist streak that means my hatches were battened down days ago, and friends, let me tell you: once I batten something, it stays battened, so my best friend and I had nothing to do but watch old movies and wait for the power to go out.

Miraculously, our grid has stayed up and we made it all the way through my All Time Favorite Movie About Shoes: Kinky Boots.

I have been told by people who would know that I was at the American premier of Kinky Boots, but I’m not entirely sure that’s true. I was working for a film festival  so it’s certainly possible, and that was the year I discovered the magical hallucinatory powers derived from a heady combination of extreme sleep deprivation and a diet consisting entirely of Chupa Chups lollipops and absolutely unforgivable cheap champagne. Still, I’d like to think I’d remember something.

It’s not every day you see a six-foot tall black British man with a voice for Othello in a wig for Diana Ross, at least not since my circuit party days.

For those who were also chasing the Chupa Chups dragon and managed to miss it, Kinky Boots revolves around Charlie Price whose family has been making high-quality men’s footwear for over a hundred years. When the company hits the skids thanks to an influx of cheap competition, he realizes his factory must change or die.

Enter Lola, a SoHo (the proper one, not the fake Yankee one) drag performer with a penchant for red patent leather, riding crops and Eartha Kitt.

Although it’s based on a true story, it is a bit formulaic, but so was Romeo and Juliet and they didn’t even have cute shoes (well, maybe they did, they WERE Italian) but it’s well worth a watch if only for the soundtrack and the Blue Angel Boys.


(ignore the cheesy American voiceover. Please.)

So what’s your favorite movie about shoes? The Wizard of Oz? The Red Shoes? Or maybe it’s just a scene. Put it in the comments!

3 Responses to “Shoes in Cinema: Kinky Boots”

  1. daisyj October 30, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    Funny, I was just thinking about that movie, because there’s a stage musical version coming to Broadway (with, I think, Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper). Not sure where that should fall on the delight-to-dread scale.

  2. Victor October 30, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    My favorite movie about shoes is an silent German movie from 1929, “The Wonderful Lies of Nina Petrovna.” It’s a chick flick (honest!) and I love it even though I’m not a chick. It’s available in several installments on YouTube, starting here:
    http://youtu.be/RnoivyY0JPw
    It’s not obvious, but believe me: The shoes are very important. This movie is all about the shoes.

  3. Laura November 8, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

    I adore this movie. When I saw the still for the preview, I was in fact hoping it was the entire scene for “Red. RED!” *sigh* Thanks for reminding me of the wonders of Kinky Boots- I am watching this tonight!