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10 Kickin’ Songs About Shoes

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Forrest Gump once said that you can tell a lot about a person based on their shoes. In this list, these songs give us all a glimpse of how various artists perceive the importance of shoes.

Elvis Presley – Blue Suede Shoes

Let’s start off this list with what might just be one of the most popular songs about shoes. In Blue Suede Shoes, Elvis sings as a man who treasures his shoes. You can knock him down, slander his name, step in his face, burn down his house, drink his liquor, and even steal his car. But what you must never, ever do is step on his blue suede shoes.

Rockin’ kicks lyrics: Do anything that you want to do, but uh-uh

Honey, lay off of my shoes

Don’t you step on my Blue suede shoes

You can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes



 

Kenny Loggins – Footloose

Have you ever wanted to just let loose after being frustrated out of your mind? If you have, then this song is for you. Footloose is a song about man who’s bored of his job in a religious rural Oklahoma town that banned rock and roll music and dancing. This is a song that goes out to all the people out there who just need an outlet in the form of dancing.

Rockin’ kicks lyrics: Now I gotta cut loose, footloose

Kick off your Sunday shoes

Please, Louise, pull me off of my knees

Jack, get back, come on before we crack

Lose your blues, everybody cut footloose

 

Paolo Nutini – New Shoes



Nothing perks up your mood like wearing an awesome new pair of shoes. In New Shoes, Paolo Nutini sings about feeling down in the dumps one morning. He feels like something’s not right in his life, that is, until he puts on his new shoes. It hardly matters if you’re short on money, but as long as you can go for a stroll in your new shoes, everything’s gonna be alright.

Rockin’ kicks lyrics: Hey, I put some new shoes on

And suddenly everything is right

I said, hey I put some new shoes on

And everybody’s smiling, it’s so inviting

Oh short on money but long on time

Slowly strolling in the sweet sunshine

And I’m running late and I don’t need an excuse

Cause I’m wearing my brand new shoes

Arctic Monkeys – Dancing Shoes

In the same vein as Paolo Nutini’s New Shoes is this song by the Arctic Monkeys. Dancing Shoes is about a guy who puts on his dancing shoes to give him some luck while he’s at the club. He’s there to meet ladies, but he’s having a tough time making the first move. But sadly, his dancing shoes don’t do him much good as he has no luck with the ladies.

Rockin’ shoes lyrics: Get on your dancing shoes

There’s one thing on your mind

Hoping they’re looking for you

Sure you’ll be rummaging through

And the shit, shock, horror

You’ve seen your future bride

Oh, but it’s oh so absurd

For you to say the first word

So you’re waiting and waiting

 

Amy Winehouse – F*ck Me Pumps

F*ck Me Pumps is Amy Winehouse’s critique on all the ladies that hang out at the club to pick up men. These women are always there looking the same and trying get cozy with guys at the club, hoping to one day marry some rich guy they’ll meet there. It’s these themes in her music that set Amy Winehouse apart from the bubblegum pop stars of her time – she’s got an edge that makes her unique.

Rockin’ shoes lyrics: When you walk in the bar

And you dressed like a star

Rockin’ your F me pumps

And the men notice you

With your Gucci bag crew

Can’t tell who he’s lookin’ to

‘Cause you all look the same

Everyone knows your name

And that’s you whole claim to fame 

Dido – Sand in My Shoes

Ever have that holiday fling that you wish could have lasted longer? In Sand in My Shoes, Dido reminisces about one she once had. The fling is over and she’s back to the drudgery of her home, but she still has a holiday hangover that she can’t shake. The memory of her fling is like sand in her shoes – no matter how she tries to shake it off, she can’t forget it.

Rockin’ shoes lyrics: I’ve still got sand in my shoes

And I can’t shake the thought of you

I should get on, forget you

But why would I want to?

I know we said goodbye

Anything else would have been confused

But I want to see you again

 

Kirsty MacColl – In These Shoes

In this funky ska song, Kristy recalls all the guys who propositioned her to go on all sorts of adventures – from making love on a mountaintop to horseback riding to walking up and down a guy’s spine. And her response to these guys? “In these shoes?”

Rockin’ shoes lyrics: I once met a man with a sense of adventure

He was dressed to thrill, wherever he went

He said: Let’s make love on a mountain top

Under the stars on a big hard rock

I said: In these shoes?

I don’t think so

I said: Honey, let’s do it here

 

NewSong – The Christmas Shoes

Let’s take a somber moment to check out this sad yet inspiring Christmas song from NewSong. The song tells the story of a poor little buy buying shoes for his sick mother on Christmas eve. He’s doing this so that she will look good if she “meets Jesus tonight.” The song is sung from the perspective of a guy in line behind the young boy, and his touching tale reminds him of the spirit of Christmas.

Rockin’ shoes lyrics: Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my Mama, please

It’s Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size

Could you hurry, sir, Daddy says there’s not much time

You see she’s been sick for quite a while

And I know these shoes would make her smile

And I want her to look beautiful if Mama meets Jesus tonight

 

Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks

This upbeat song is actually about one of the most tragic events that could happen – a school shooting. The song is about an outcast kid looking for revenge on all the “cool kids” are wearing. So he plots to shoot them all in school. It’s been mentioned that the shoes in the song are the Reebok Pump basketball shoes – shoes that are known to be popular among privileged poseurs.

Rockin’ shoes lyrics: All the other kids with the pumped up kicks

You’d better run, better run, out run my gun

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks

You’d better run, better run, faster than my bullet

 

Nancy Sinatra – These Boots Were Made for Walkin’

Lastly, we have the ultimate song about shoes. These Boots Were Made for Walking is a breakup song that’s centered around a scorned woman. She threatens her ex with revenge by saying that one day these boots are going to be walking all over him.

Rockin’ shoes lyrics: These boots are made for walkin’

And that’s just what they’ll do

One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you

 

Which of these songs describe the way you feel about your kicks? Share your thoughts with us below!

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