At least that is what I tell my husband! I blame my obsession with shoes on Cinderella frankly. But let’s be honest – there is just something SO HAPPY about buying a brand new pair of shoes :)! I don’t even know that this burst of joy that buying a new pair of shoes causes is a phenomenon that could be explained with words, but it is SO TRUE! At least for women it is. I can’t really speak for men because I don’t really know what it does for men, but for women, ah yes, for women the purchasing of a new pair of shoes can literally change our lives! Again, I blame that on Cinderella because:
I actually decided to do some research on why buying a new pair of shores has such a huge impact on us women and I was surprised to find out that there really is an explanation that scientists have come up with regarding our obsession with cute shoes. According to studies, when a woman buys a new pair of shoes “The neurotransmitter dopamine is released, providing a feel-good high, similar to taking a drug,” says Martin Lindstrom. And apparently it is not just an increase of dopamine at work: “Shoes are a collector’s item, whether women realize they perceive them that way or not,” says Suzanne Ferriss, PhD, editor of Footnotes: On Shoes. Just think of how they’re often stored artfully on shoe trees and shelves. “They’re like sculptures,” says Ferriss. As a result, collecting each type provides a mini-adrenaline rush similar to the satisfaction a stamp collector gets when he acquires a rare find.”
And so this research clearly indicates that our shoe obsession is NOT OUR FAULT! It is a chemical problem in our brains with dopamine and adrenaline! VINDICATION!!
And for the men reading today’s blog, don’t worry, I am about to share some tips for you that will save your relationships and buy you huge brownie points with your woman:
If ever you are in trouble, which you know you frequently are, because let’s face it, you are men! If ever you are in trouble, buy your woman a new pair of shoes, or if you are afraid to pick them out for her you can give her a gift certificate to order her own shoes on www.zappos.com! Nothing will get you out of trouble more quickly than a new pair of shoes, except maybe diamonds, but shoes are much cheaper :).
A second tip for men is to recognize that whatever shoes a woman puts on for the day will tell you everything about the mood she is in – almost like those mood rings that change colors – her shoes for the day will indicate if she is in a casual mood, an “I am woman hear me roar” mood, an “I don’t care” mood, or an I feel sexy mood. And for the record, stilettos are more of an attitude than a shoe so always notice when she is wearing stilettos.
Yes, every shoe we wear reflects something about how we are feeling that day. And you men that paid attention will thank me for these tips someday.
And so I admit that I went a little crazy on my trip to Vegas and I splurged for a pair of the most gorgeous, sexiest, most sparkly shoes that I have ever seen! They are like sparkly diamonds and shoes all in one – both of any woman’s favorite things – and so I ask you can life get any better than that?!?! I suggest not! Okay, so here is a photo of my cute new shoes –
the photo doesn’t do them justice but they are AMAZING! And I can’t wait to have an event to wear them to! In the meantime I am going to make my husband build me a display case for these shoes because as we just learned from the research I shared, these shoes are like a sculpture – like a fine piece of art! And they must be displayed! Plus, they totally remind me of Cinderella 🙂
Have a great day!