Some people see shoes as a necessary accessory that needs to be practical and comfortable. Others build fashionable outfits around them and can’t imagine going shopping and coming home without the next pair. Some make shoes for a living while others come up with a safety boots size guide for a better shopping experience. And others… write songs about shoes.
In this post, let’s talk about shoes and songs. While there are many songs about shoes popularized by famous artists then and now, there are a few that really hit the hearts of many.
3 Popular Songs About Shoes That Hit The Charts
Daddy’s Working Boots by Dolly Parton
The song Daddy’s Working Boots is a tribute to her father, who was a hard-working man. He was always away from home for long periods of time working as a farmer or as a construction worker. The song is about how she wished he could be there with her and that she would never forget him.
Dolly Parton has been one of the most successful country music artists in the world for decades. She has sold over 100 million records worldwide and has won numerous awards, including 18 Grammy Awards and 27 Country Music Awards. Dolly Parton is considered one of the most influential female artists in country music history.
Blue Suede Shoes by Elvis Presley
Although it wasn’t Elvis Presley who first sang this song, his rendition is the most popular. But let’s start from the beginning. The year is 1955. During the joint concert tour of Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Elvis, the first suggested that the second write a song about shoes. The inspiration should be a well-known aviator from Cash, who called his military shoes “blue suede shoes”, i.e. blue shoes made of suede. Perkins replied, “I don’t know about shoes, so how am I supposed to write a song about them?”.
In December of that year, while performing, Perkins overheard one of the men on the dance floor yelling, “Hey, hey, don’t step on my suede shoes!” Looking at the dancer’s feet, he saw blue suede shoes. Perhaps the man knew that cleaning those shoes could be a challenge, and that’s why he was being so careful? We don’t know, but “Blue Suede Shoes” – especially by Elvis – has become one of the most popular rockabilly songs.
Read also: Interviews Can Be Influenced By Music — According To Research
These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ by Nancy Sinatra
Of course, most of us associate the name “Sinatra” with the legendary Frank, one of the best-selling artists of all time. However, not everyone knows that his daughter Nancy followed in his footsteps. She hasn’t achieved as much fame as her father, but one of her hits has been covered by Ella Fitzgerald, Jessica Simpson, or… the band Megadeth. We’re talking about the song “These Boots Are Made for Walkin” recorded in 1966.
Nancy sings about an unfaithful man and assures him that one day she will “walk over him” in boots. The phrase “Walk all over you”, which the singer sings, can be translated as a promise of revenge. Strong words for a woman in her 60s, right? The music video adds even more piquancy to the song. In skimpy outfits and black, lacquered heeled boots, the dancers were quite a controversial sight at the time. However, there was no doubt that boots have become synonymous with women’s style, thanks in part to Sinatra’s song.