53 Songs About Shoes, High Heels, and Boots
Your Shoes Broadcast Information About You
Do you judge people by their shoes? They're probably judging you by yours. Maybe you are the highly agreeable person who prefers the practical, functional shoe or the strongly conscientious person who polishes away scuffs on an older pair of shoes, keeping them as new and shiny looking as possible.
Preliminary psychological research has found that observers use shoe style, value, color, and condition to make assessments on others' personality characteristics, demographics and social status. And before you go shaming them for doing so, here's the neat part — observers were more accurate than chance in their judgments.
So consider that when you go for job interviews and first dates or care about wanting to make a good impression. Your shoes may be hiding your toes (or not) but revealing much more about you.
If you enjoy shoes as much as I do, why not celebrate fabulous footwear with a playlist of pop, rock and country songs about shoes, high heels and boots? We have a nice long list of songs to get you started!
1. “These Boots Were Made For Walkin'” by Nancy Sinatra
This catchy hit from 1966 is just as relevant today. Other artists such as Geri Halliwell and Jessica Simpson have attempted to remake it, but no one can surpass the original by Nancy Sinatra.
The tune features a riled-up woman who discovers that she has been cheated on. She promises to exact revenge. Her honey has been a messin' around instead of stayin' in his own sandbox, so she threatens:
These boots are made for walking, and that's just what they'll do
One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you.
2. "Head Over Boots" by Jon Pardi
This cowboy ain't married to his lady yet, but he's heading that way, totally head over boots in love with her. In this 2016 country song the narrator proclaims his cowboy love. He wants to spin his honey around on the dance floor, sweep her off her feet, hold her tight and maybe (aww, shucks) grow old with her.
Shoes convey a thin but useful slice of information about their wearers. Shoes serve a practical purpose, and also serve as nonverbal cues with symbolic messages. People tend to pay attention to the shoes they and others wear.— Omri Gillatha, Angela Bahnsb, Fiona Gea & Christian Crandalla, Journal of Research in Personalit
They say, "If the shoe fits, wear it." So what kind of shoe fits your personality best?
3. “Blue Suede Shoes” by Elvis Presley
The guy in this 1956 Elvis favorite is a man who really treasures his shoes. He says you can do any of the following to him as long as you don't step on his blue suede shoes:
- knock him down
- slander his name
- step in his face
- burn his house
- drink his liquor and
- steal his car.
The rockabilly song was written and first recorded by singer-songwriter Carl Perkins who was inspired by a blue suede shoe-wearing service man whom he saw chastising a date about her dance steps.
4. “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins
This 1984 song is from a movie of the same name. The movie is based on events that took place in a small, religious town in rural Oklahoma that banned rock and roll music and dancing.
In the song, the narrator expresses that the drudgery of his job has created pent-up frustration and he just has to it let out. He feels as if life is passing him by as he punches the clock and tries to obey all the rules. What he needs is to let go with wild abandon ... to cut loose and dance like there's no tomorrow. Maybe we could all use a little of that, you think?
5. "Red High Heels" by Kellie Pickler
In this 2006 country hit, the narrator is a lady who has grown weary of waiting on her game-playing man. She knows she's one hot little number in her red high heels, so as revenge she's gonna put those heels on and call up an old boyfriend for a night on the town:
Oh, you can watch me walk if you want to, want to
I bet you want me back now don't you, don't you.
I'm about to show you just how missin' me feels
In my red high heels.
6. "Dancing Shoes" by Green River Ordinance
In this romantic 2010 song, an uptown couple seeks to escape their hectic 9-to-5 lives by heading out to the country for some dancing. The narrator tells his lover to put on her dancing shoes and her old black dress and they'll go reconnect.
7. "Fire In Your New Shoes" by Kaskade
Slip on those shoes and get ready to cha-cha-cha. This 2010 song will help you light 'em up on the dance floor:
While I light a fire in your new shoes
If you should smile, look so surprised.
While I light a fire in your new shoes
Look out that your soles don't burn to the floor.
8. "Boogie Shoes” by KC and the Sunshine Band
The narrator of this disco 1975 hit is smitten with his groovy lady, and the way he wants to celebrate it is to put on his boogie shoes and dance with her until the sun comes up. He repeats himself a lot, but he's so positive and energetic, we'll forgive him.
9."Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes" by George Jones
Country music legend George Jones recognizes the incomparable impacts that some legendary singers have had, and he wonders who will fill their shoes in the years to come. Some of the music legends he references in this 1985 song include Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty, Charlie Rich, and Hank Williams.
Nicknamed "The Possum" because of his facial features, George Jones is himself irreplaceable, with over 150 hits in his career spanning more than five decades. He died in 2013. There will never be another country music superstar like him.
10. "New Shoes" by Paolo Nutini
There's a saying that Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes can change your life. If that's true, then the guy in this 2007 song must feel like Cindy herself.
This song's protagonist woke up sick, cold, and tired one morning. He felt like there was something missing in his life. But when he put on a new pair of shoes, it was life altering (or it at least changed his outlook). Suddenly, everyone smiled at him and he wasn't concerned about his lack of money or running late. New shoes took him to his instant happy place.
11. "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem" by Kenny Chesney
The guy in this 2002 party-time country song has been working so hard he's worn holes in the soles of his shoes. Now he wants to lose the shoes, the shirt, and his problems, too, by escaping to the beach in Mexico. Just remember to turn your cell phone off!
12. "Dancing Shoes" by Dev
Imagine excitedly putting on your dancing shoes as 10,000 people wait for you to sing your song. If you have some degree of stage fright like 75% of Americans do, then this is your worst nightmare. But the narrator in this 2012 song loves being on stage; it gives her both peace and energy.
13. "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under" by Shania Twain
Someone's been cheating on Shania again in this 1995 country hit. And she starts namin' names, trying to guess who the scoundrel's mistress is ...
- Lolita, his little Spanish flame
- Rita, the redhead down the lane
- Jill in Beverly Hills
- Long legs Louise
- (Skanky) Denise
Kick him to the curb, hog tie him, and leave him there, girl. Then steal his boots. And go get yourself checked out for some socially contracted diseases, if you know what I mean.
Idioms About Shoes: How Many Do You Use?
an old shoe
a person or thing that is comfortable or familiar
common as an old shoe
wait for the other shoe to drop
to wait for the inevitable (especially negative)
the shoe is on the other foot
the situation is reversed
a person who is smugly virtuous
shaking in one's boots
to be very afraid
a small, inadequate budget
(the baby/mama/daddy) needs a new pair of shoes
I need some luck (said while gambling)
as tough as old boots
if the shoe fits, wear it
it something belongs or pertains to you, accept it
stand in (someone else's) shoes
to see the situation from their perspective
it's ill waiting for dead men's shoes
a position of entitlement that can only be achieved by someone else's death
14. "Boot Scootin' Boogie" by Brooks & Dunn
Way down in the country there's a honky tonk that starts a hoppin' every night at dusk. And the hard working fella in this 1991 country song can't get there fast enough after quitting time.
He's ready to drink, mingle and dance:
The bartender asks me says son what'll it be
I want a shot at that redhead yonder lookin' at me.
The dance floor's hoppin' & it's hotter than the Fourth of July
I see outlaws, inlaws, crooks & straights all out makin' it shake
Doin' the boot scootin' boogie.
15. "My Boots" by Lights
In the frozen tundra where it's winter half the year, there's a love/hate relationship romance with boots, according to this 2010 song. The narrator misses the snow in the summer. Unsurprisingly, this winter-loving song is from a Canadian artist.
16. “Goody Two Shoes” by Adam Ant
A "goody two shoes" is someone who lives their life clean. Others may poke fun at them and call them "boring," but perhaps they're just envious of someone who is high on life itself.
In this 1982 new wave song, the narrator defends his choice of living a full life without the help of unwanted substances:
'Cause I don't drink, don't smoke, what do you do?
Don't drink, don't smoke, what do you do?
Subtle innuendos follow
Must be something inside.
17. "Better In Boots" by Tyler Farr
This is a popular 2015 country song, but for me, it's a little weird. The narrator seems to have a boot obsession. He asks his partner to take off her tight dress which looks real purty on her and put on her pair on Lucchese boots. (Is this a commercial for those boots or is his fantasy just real particular?)
"You know you want to," he says. (Seriously, is he trying to be romantic?) Now picture the two of them getting frisky in their birthday suits and cowboy boots. It must be a cowboy thing.
18. "Boots On" by Randy Houser
The guy in this 2008 country song is a what-ya-see-is-what-ya-get fella. Tired after working a 10-hour shift, he hits the bar with his dirty hat and calloused hands, his muddy jeans and his worn old pair of boots. He's going out tonight with his boots on. And when it's time to leave this world, he'll leave it the same way ... with his boots on. Yee-haw!
19. "The Christmas Shoes" by NewSong
This 2000 Christmas song is a country tearjerker. It's about an impoverished little boy who has saved up his pennies to buy his dying mother the last pair of shoes she'll ever wear, as she is on her deathbed. Unfortunately, however, the little boy doesn't have quite enough change.
The story is told from the perspective of the man standing in line in back of the child. Up until then, the man had forgotten the meaning of Christmas. However, after contributing the rest of the money to help the boy buy the shoes, he is reminded of the true meaning of the holidays.
20. "In These Shoes?" by Kirsty MacColl
This is a fun 2000 alternative rock song in which a lady who "dances like a scandal" catches the eye of several men. One propositions her to make love on a mountaintop, another invites her to go for a horseback ride, and the third would like her to walk up and down on his spine. Her clever response to each involves the refrain, "In these shoes?"
Even More Songs About Shoes, High Heels and Boots
21. Dancing Shoes
The Arctic Monkeys
22. Boots & Boys
Joey + Rory
24. F*ck Me Pumps
25. Betty Lou Got a New Pair of Shoes
26. Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
27. Mary Jane Shoes
28. These Boots
29. Cha Cha Heels
Eartha Kitt & Bronski Beat
30. Air Force One
Nelly (featuring Kyjuan, Ali and Murphy Lee)
31. Those Shoes
32. If the Shoe Fits
33. My Shoes
34. White Shoes
35. Go-Go Boots
36. Hi-Heel Sneakers
38. My Pumps
39. Dancing Shoes
40. Sand In My Shoes
41. I've Got Sand In My Shoes
42. (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
43. Mile In These Shoes
44. Shoes Without Heels
45. Sensible Shoes
David Lee Roth
46. Crocodile Shoes
47. If the Boot Fits
48. Hell on Heels
49. Shoe Shopping
50. Lust for Kicks
51. Knockin' Boots
52. High Heels
53. Open Toes
Locations with Names Associated with Footwear
clogs are shoes with a thick wooden sole
a moccasin is a soft leather slipper without a separate heel
sneakers are soft shoes with rubber soles worn for sports or casual occasions
a snowshoe is a flat device that resembles a tennis racket; it attaches to the sole of a snow boot to assist with walking
a spike is a track and field shoe that features pointy protrusions on the bottom to increase a runner's grip
a stiletto is a woman's shoe with a high, thin, tapered heel
a wedge is a shoe or boot with wedge-shaped sole forming both the sole and heel
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