GOD SAVE MY SHOES Explores Shoe AddictionMay 23, 2012
On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of movies on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: GOD SAVE MY SHOES (Gravitas).
GOD SAVE MY SHOES
By Amy Slotnick
Although you first might think this is another fashion documentary, one that explores the history, design and obsession with women’s shoes. However, GOD SAVE MY SHOES is actually more about addiction than anything else.
Julie Benasra’s documentary provides a thorough analysis of shoes as pop culture icons and fetishized objects. Interviews with top designers, such as Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin, shoe collectors, like performers Kelly Rowland, Fergie, Dita Von Teese and poker player Beth Shak (who owns over 900 pairs), as well as sexuality experts, fashion historians, orthopedists and psychologists, explore the power, sexual and social implications of the famous stiletto heel. More than once SEX & THE CITY is credited with exploiting women’s attraction to stiletto heels and bringing them to the forefront of today’s fashion and pop culture.
Pierre Hardy Christian Louboutin Manolo Blahnik
Several theories emerge about what draws some women so obsessively to buy an impractical quantity of shoes at increasing heights. On the one hand, by minimizing the height difference with men, the high heel can be seen as increasing a woman’s power, putting her on eye-level with male counterparts. On the other hand, they limit a woman’s mobility and if heels were a way to increase power, as one of the film’s experts observes, they would be coveted and worn by men (as they were at one time in the 18th century).
More interestingly, a connection is drawn between stiletto heels and women’s orgasms. The film points out that feet are connected to the nerves that are stimulated by orgasms, causing the tell tale foot shake during climax. Today’s designer styles replicate the “hooker shoes” worn only by prostitutes before women everywhere adopted pencil-like heels, showing that sexuality drove the stiletto’s popularity.
By drawing attention to their feet,
creating a high arch silhouette and “toe cleavage,”
stilettos are mimicking the orgasmic foot position,
subconsciously teasing men and women to
imagine this woman in an orgasmic state.
If you are a shoe addict, GOD SAVE MY SHOES, helps to explain your obsession, and it might be comforting to find you are not alone. However, be warned that with stunning examples of the world’s most coveted pairs, watching this film may leave you craving your next fix.
Amy Slotnick is a contributor to On Demand Weekly. She works as an independent producer and freelance consultant to film financing start-ups. Previously she was a Senior VP of Production at Miramax Films.
GOD SAVE MY SHOES (Gravitas) is in your local cable movies on demand section.
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