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PopStuff Show Notes: Episode 120: If the Shoe Fits

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I had very exciting new boots when we recorded this! I still have them, in fact. They are surprisingly comfortable. But my boots are only a tiny piece of excitement of our excitement about shoes. Plus, someone asked us to talk about shoes, so we decided to do that.

Here’s what we talked about:

  • How to dress myself
  • Shoe Crazy-adjacent, which is like Nerd-Adjacent
  • Holly’s shoes and my shoes
  • Mary Janes
  • Women like shoes more than men do. SHOCKING.
  • Some men have erotic thoughts about shoes. ALSO SHOCKING.
  • Shoes have been around for a very long time, particularly sandals. Moccasins and boots are also very old.
  • Shoes and status and theater
  • Red heels and red soles
  • Kinky Boots” and the red shoe monologue
  • Glass slippers
  • Terrible Disney running shoes
  • Cinderella and terrible ways to fit into shoes
  • Making shoes
  • Failed business models for custom shoes and how that eventually became NikeID
  • When the economy tanks, people still buy shoes.
  • The Lipstick Indicator
  • Shoes as a leveler in fashion, unless you have big feet
  • The “King of the Hill” episode “The Order of the Straight Arrow
  • Bad shoe stigma
  • Space shoes and other shoe anecdotes
  • The pain-beauty connection in footwear
  • Born to Run
  • Foot binding
  • Listener mail! From Ginny about Holly’s guest spot on Stuff You Missed in History Class, and a big ol’ correction about whether people ever proposed by mail
  • How Jelly Shoes Worked
  • Episode link: If the Shoe Fits

My research:

  • Belk, Russell Belk. “Shoes and Self.” Advances in Consumer Research. 2003.
  • Bergstein, Rachelle, “From the Ankle Down: The Story of Shoes and How They Define Us.” Harper. 2012.
  • O’Malley, Michelle. “A Pair of Little Gilded Shoes: Commission, Cost, and Meaning in Renaissance Footwear.” Renaissance Quarterly. Vol. 63, 2012.
  • Smith, E.O. “High Heels and Evolution: Natural selection, sexual selection and high heels.” Psychology, Evolution & Gender. December 1999.
  • Webster, Elaine. “Red Shoes: Linking Fashion and Myth.” Textile. Vol. 7, Issue 2, 2009.

Holly’s research:

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