Valentine’s Day and shoes

I’ve been writing this blog for over 6 years and I have never done a Valentine’s Day themed blog post. Since it’s February, I thought that for the first time, I would write a Valentine’s Day post.

Valentine’s Day is named for one or more obscure saints named Valentine. There is also a legend of a priest named Valentine who was imprisoned for helping Christian couples get married. Whatever the history, it seems that Valentine’s Day first became associated with romantic love or courtly love in the 14th century when the writer Geoffrey Chaucer wrote about birds finding their mate on Valentine’s Day. This was in Chaucer’s poem ‘Parlement of Foules’ in 1382.

These days, Valentine’s Day is so commercialized. It seems to be all about selling flowers, chocolates, cards and soft toys. Can this day really be associated with footwear? I am going to say ‘Yes’ and show you some examples. You can also read about falling in love with shoes here

Flowers for Valentine’s Day? Yes! This is one of my favourite pairs of shoes from Camper TWINS range, featuring daisies. This is now a very vintage style, and these shoes were made in Spain. I have to admit I fell in love at first sight with this pair of shoes and I bought them without a second thought. It is also the most expensive pair of shoes that I have ever bought.

Shih Yen fell in love at first sight with this pair of Camper shoes from their TWS range.

Cupids at Valentine’s Day? Yes! In classical mythology, Cupid is the God of desire and Love. He is the son of Venus the goddess of Love, and Mars the God of War. In Greek mythology, Cupid is called Eros. During the classical Greek period, Eros was depicted as a youth with wings, but later Cupid was depicted as a small and chubby boy with wings. Cupid is portrayed with wings and a bow and arrow. Anyone who is shot with Cupid’s arrow will fall in love. This pair of shoes featuring Cupid is also one of my favourite shoes. It is by a Venezuelan label Hot Chocolate Design, from their Chocolaticas range.

Shih Yen’s pair of Chocolaticas shoes in the style ‘Cupid’.

Soft toys on Valentine’s Day? Yes! These are limited edition sneakers made by Adidas, featuring plush teddy bears on them. They were released in 2010 and in my opinion, they are super cute. The original purpose of the sneakers were for basketball, though to be honest, I don’t know how a person can run with soft toys on their feet! I have actually seen people wearing these sneakers, so it is possible to walk in them.

Adidas JS Bear xJeremy Scott sneakers. Photograph © 2014 U-Dox, from ‘Sneakers: The Complete Limited Editions Guide’, published by Thames & Hudson.

Chocolates on Valentine’s Day? Definitely, yes! This is a chocolate bar sandal by Malaysian designer Terry Poe.

Chocolate bar sandal by Malaysian designer Terry Poe.

Ice cream on Valentine’s Day? Yes! I always think sharing an ice cream can be very romantic. These are some ice cream shoes from a Thai label Madame Flamingo. Madame Flamingo is a label started by Thai designer Pantila Promfang. All her shoes are handmade.

Ice cream high heeled shoes from Thai label Madame Flamingo.

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone on the 14th of February. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing on the 14th, I hope you have a great day filled with love. shihyenshoes sends lots of love. ❤ ❤ ❤

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