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48 Songs About Shoes, High Heels and Boots

Got a favorite pair of comfortable athletic shoes or loafers? A pair of sexy come hither stilettos? A pair of sturdy, reliable cowboy boots? Celebrate the importance of footwear in your life with a playlist of songs about shoes, high heels and boots.
Got a favorite pair of comfortable athletic shoes or loafers? A pair of sexy come hither stilettos? A pair of sturdy, reliable cowboy boots? Celebrate the importance of footwear in your life with a playlist of songs about shoes, high heels and boots. | Source

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

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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?

Saying
Meaning
an old shoe
a person or thing that is comfortable or familiar
common as an old shoe
uncouth
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
goody two-shoes
a person who is smugly virtuous
shaking in one's boots
to be very afraid
shoestring budget
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
very strong
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

Song
Artist
Year Released
21. Dancing Shoes
The Arctic Monkeys
2006
22. Boots & Boys
K$sha
2010
23. Boots
Joey + Rory
2008
24. F*ck Me Pumps
Amy Winehouse
2003
25. Betty Lou Got a New Pair of Shoes
Bobby Freeman
1958
26. Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
Paul Simon
1986
27. Mary Jane Shoes
Fergie
2006
28. These Boots
Eric Church
2006
29. Cha Cha Heels
Eartha Kitt & Bronski Beat
1989
30. Air Force One
Nelly (featuring Kyjuan, Ali and Murphy Lee)
2002
31. Those Shoes
The Eagles
1979
32. If the Shoe Fits
Waylon Jennings
1967
33. My Shoes
Jordan Pruitt
2008
34. White Shoes
Emmylou Harris
1983
35. Go-Go Boots
Drive-by Truckers
2011
36. Hi-Heel Sneakers
Tommy Tuckers
1964
37. Shoes
Shania Twain
2005
38. My Pumps
Erikatoure Aviance
2009
39. Dancing Shoes
Gavin DeGraw
2009
40. Sand In My Shoes
Dido
2003
41. I've Got Sand In My Shoes
The Drifters
1966
42. (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
Elvis Costello
1977
43. Mile In These Shoes
Jennifer Lopez
2007
44. Shoes Without Heels
Elvis Costello
1986
45. Sensible Shoes
David Lee Roth
1991
46. Crocodile Shoes
Jimmy Nail
1994
47. If the Boot Fits
Granger Smith
2016
48. Hell on Heels
Pistol Annies
2011
Got a song about shoes, high heels, or boots that should be on our playlist? Leave us a comment in the Comments Section below.
"Don't speak ill of your predecessors or successors.  You didn't walk in their shoes." - Donald Rumsfeld, American Secretary of State under George W. Bush
"Don't speak ill of your predecessors or successors. You didn't walk in their shoes." - Donald Rumsfeld, American Secretary of State under George W. Bush | Source

What's In A Name? Locations With Names Associated With Footwear

show route and directions
A markerBoot Lake, Wisconsin, USA -
Boot Lake, Doty, WI 54175, USA
get directions

B markerClog, Ireand -
Clog, Co. Mayo, Ireland
get directions

clogs are shoes with a thick wooden sole

C markerMoccasin, Montana, USA -
Moccasin, MT 59462, USA
get directions

a moccasin is a soft leather slipper without a separate heel

D markerShoe Lake, Wisconsin, USA -
Shoe Lake, Freedom, WI 54566, USA
get directions

E markerSlipper Lake, Alaska, USA -
Slipper Lake, Sutton-Alpine, AK 99674, USA
get directions

F markerSneaker Lake, Minnesota, USA -
Sneaker Lake, Tofte Township, MN 55604, USA
get directions

sneakers are soft shoes with rubber soles worn for sports or casual occasions

G markerSnowshoe, West Virginia, USA -
Snowshoe, WV 24934, USA
get directions

a snowshoe is a flat device that resembles a tennis racket; it attaches to the sole of a snow boot to assist with walking

H markerSpike, Kentucky, USA -
Spike, Kentucky 42726, USA
get directions

a spike is a track and field shoe that features pointy protrusions on the bottom to increase a runner's grip

I markerStiletto Peak, Washington, USA -
Stiletto Peak, Washington, USA
get directions

a stiletto is a woman's shoe with a high, thin, tapered heel

J markerWedge, New Mexico, USA -
Wedge, New Mexico 88045, USA
get directions

a wedge is a shoe or boot with wedge-shaped sole forming both the sole and heel

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FlourishAnyway 4 weeks ago from USA Author

Norma - I'm glad you enjoyed this list about shoe songs! Have a great week ahead.


norlawrence 4 weeks ago

Great article. Learned a lot I did not know about songs and shoes. Thanks


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FlourishAnyway 7 weeks ago from USA Author

savvy - Your son sounds like a real talent! I'd love to hear it sung that way! Who could guess there are so many songs on this topic? This way a real fun one to put together, too. I hope you are doing well. Have a great weekend!


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savvydating 7 weeks ago

Well...since I'm a 70's girl, I'll stick with KC and The Sunshine Band's "Boogie Shoes." But get this, my son got some free singing lessons and one of the song he chose to sing was ""Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under" by Shania Twain.

Why he chose that song, I have no idea. (Although he does like Shania Twain) Lol. Anyway, he's a true bass and when he sings the song, his voice goes really low. The song actually sounds pretty good that way. Who would have thought?

Another great hub. I really liked this one for some reason. I mean, what woman doesn't appreciate shoes?


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FlourishAnyway 8 weeks ago from USA Author

MsDora - Have a wonderful time on your trip and don't worry about what others think. Wear what makes you happy.


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FlourishAnyway 8 weeks ago from USA Author

Linda - I love that you're a flip flop -- probably all that beach time! I'm a blue suede shoe (or something like it).


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MsDora 8 weeks ago from The Caribbean

Flourish, I'm about to pack my shoes for a trip. Your intro will be guding my decisions. Another great list and new thoughts to reflect on. Thanks!


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Sunshine625 8 weeks ago from Orlando, FL

And you did it again. I read the title, a song pops into my head and it's your first song. Awesome! Nancy Sinatra, funtabulous song! Jessica Simpson has a version too, but her version doesn't come close to Nancy's.

I voted I'm a flip-flop! :)


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FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA Author

Suhail and my dog - Then I'm sure it brings back some extra good times!


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Suhail and my dog 2 months ago from Mississauga, ON

FlourishAnyway,

"Suhail and my dog - Glad you enjoyed these. I recall when Footloose originally came out, and I suspect you might, too!"

You bet.

It came out slightly before I reached North America for my UG studies, but it was still very popular with freshmen. I must have watched it at least 5 times during first semester alone.

Btw, I will now listen to some other songs from your compilation, which I almost always do.


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FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA Author

Peg - Ol' Nancy sure could shimmy back in her day, couldn't she? She sure made her mark on music history with this one.


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FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA Author

Devika - Thank you for reading. Glad this made you smile.


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FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA Author

Suhail and my dog - Glad you enjoyed these. I recall when Footloose originally came out, and I suspect you might, too!


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Suhail and my dog 2 months ago from Mississauga, ON

Hi FlorishAnyway,

What a great compilation of songs on such a narrow field!

My favorites - Footloose, because of the generation I belong to and Those shoes by Eagles, because of the music genres I am hooked on to.

Excellent work!


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DDE 2 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A great title and my best is ''These Boots Were Made For Walkin'” by Nancy Sinatra.'' A nice reminder there thank you for this hub.


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PegCole17 2 months ago from Dallas, Texas

Loved these boots and shoes numbers. Wow, that Nancy Sinatra could really strut her stuff. I just read that she's now 76. Yikes. I remember this song so well that I still do the 60s dance. Boogie Shoes is my hubby's favorite from his shoe scuffing days. Fun hub.


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FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA Author

Docmo - Thanks for the kind kudos! Nancy Sinatra must be the big favorite here!


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annart 2 months ago from SW England

Thank you! Yes, nail varnish makes all the difference with a classy pair of open shoes. Brilliant!

Ann


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Docmo 2 months ago from UK

Incredible list of immersive tunes. Like Martie above, I too love 'These Boots Are made for walkin'. Love your 'completist' approach to boots songs, boots idioms and all things bootworthy. Thanks for sharing.


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FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA Author

Linda - I'm glad it stood up to your research! Isn't that a really cool name for a mountain? I can't ever recall wearing heels high enough to qualify as stilettos but hats off to ladies who can. Have a great weekend!


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FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA Author

Linda - Seeing the 1960s dancers flaunt their stuff up there on that stage is a little funny, too. I love the part at the end with them strangely laying on their backs kicking their legs in the air. What's up with that? Thank you for reading!


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FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA Author

Nell - Oh, no! Ear worm!


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FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA Author

Ann - You love shoes like I do! My favorites are a pair of complex strappy high heels with a sling back and which show the toes; usually I paint my toenails red when wearing them. They are surprisingly very comfortable and look awesome. I will add "Crocodile Shoes." I almost added it to begin with but because left it off because no one in America would know it. I will add it, however!


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FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA Author

Larry - You are a real practical, multi-purpose guy with your limited footwear choices. I bet your wife has them in low heels, high heels, pink, red, and every color. I never understood why women love the shoes and handbags so much until a very astute fellow psychologist clued me in that those two items are fashion wearables that can last multiple seasons and are forgiving of changes in weight from season to season. I never saw it that way!


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FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA Author

Bill - Isn't it just so strange how you can come up with all sorts of songs, no matter the topic? I thought I'd come up with 10 and have to scrap the topic but lo and behold here it is! Have a great weekend!


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FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA Author

Heidi - Nancy Sinatra's song is one of my favorites as well. Thank you for your loyal readership! Have a great weekend and stay dry!


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AliciaC 2 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

My favourite is the Nancy Sinatra song, too. I've remembered it since I first heard it. Thanks for yet another great playlist article, Flourish.


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Nell Rose 2 months ago from England

What a great list! and I love the videos. Nancy Sinatra has the best song I think because now I have it in my brain and it won't turn off! LOL!


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Carb Diva 2 months ago

This was just plain FUN! Really enjoyable read. Nancy Sinatra's song deserves to be #1--I'm glad you placed it at the top of the list.

By the way--I live in Washington and had never heard of Stiletto Peak. So, I looked it up. It's on the North Cascades Highway and only for the fittest of hikers. Stiletto's are pretty dangerous too. Maybe that's why this peak was given the name.


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annart 2 months ago from SW England

Great list of songs! I love shoes and I have many pairs - probably far too many! I love all types; comfy pumps for leisure, boots for keeping warm, stylish boots for winter fashion, bright patent red high heels (my favourites but definitely not the most comfy!) and low heeled slip ons which I tend to wear most now as they go with everything except dresses.

What about Jimmy Naill's 'Crocodile Shoes'? He's a Geordie and was in 'Aufwiedersehn Pet' a British tv show many moons ago.

I too love Nancy Sinatra's 'These boots were made for walkin''

Ann


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Larry Rankin 2 months ago from Oklahoma

I have a pair of beat up sneakers for things like fishing, a pair of nice sneakers for being out and about, a pair of work boots for heavy duty work, a pair of semi casual shoes for office work and a pair of dress shoes for weddings and funerals.

I don't get shoes unless they have a purpose, than my wife comes a long. She had a shoe for every whim, lol.

Love the list, especially the Nancy Sinatra song up top.


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billybuc 2 months ago from Olympia, WA

Too funny! I thought you trapped yourself in too narrow a topic, but it turns out there are quite a few songs about footwear. Who would have thunk it! LOL My first guess was #1. I was kind of stuck after Sinatra.


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heidithorne 2 months ago from Chicago Area

I can't listen to Nancy Sinatra's "Boots Were Made for Walkin'" without thinking of it in the first Austin Powers' movie with the fembots. :)

My other fave is The Eagles' "Those Shoes."

Another fun playlist to start the weekend. Cheers!


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FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA Author

Martie - I love that one too. The original is the best to me. Jessica Simpson's is way too overdone. Thanks for taking a look.


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MartieCoetser 2 months ago from South Africa

And my favourite is.... (drum role).... “These Boots Were Made For Walkin'” by Nancy Sinatra.

Useful and well-presented hub about song with shoes and boots as topic. Thank you, FlourishAnyway :)

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