Posts Tagged ‘shoes’

Do High Heels Mean an Elevated Economy?

September 2, 2021

Do High Heels Mean an Elevated Economy?

“Trevor Davis, a former consumer products expert at IBM, came up with a theory that matched heel length with economic upturns. ‘The index worked by analysing social media and other online sources for influencer and consumer references to shoes and boots where there was either a specific height of heel mentioned, like ‘four inches’ or a phrase that could be equated easily to a height,’ he says. ‘We then correlated that with a variety of indicators of economic performance to get the index.’ He says the data revealed that when economic indicators turned down the heel height initially went up, but if the economy remained in a recession state for more than a few months then heel heights went down.”

— “Can the ‘high heel index’ predict economic growth?” Priya Elan, The Guardian

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Travelin´ Shoes

September 10, 2016

“Travelin’ Shoes,” from African American religious tradition, recorded by Maria Muldaur in 1974. There is a 1939 recording of the song by the Selah Jubilee Singers, and many Gospel groups including the Clara Ward Singers and Marion Williams also recorded it. The Chambers Brothers have a nice recording of the song as well.

Maria Muldaur website

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Blue Suede Shoes

September 10, 2016

“Blue Suede Shoes,” written and performed by Carl Perkins. Recorded in 1955, released in January 1956. Some guy named Elvis had an even bigger hit with it later that year.

Carl Perkins (guitar, vocal), Jay Perkins (rhythm guitar), Clayton Perkins (bass),  W.S. ‘Fluke’ Holland (drums).

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Italian Shoes

September 10, 2016

“Italian Shoes,” written by Willy DeVille (William Borsey Jr.) and recorded by him as Mink DeVille in 1985. Willie DeVille and Louis Cortelezzi were the only former Mink DeVille band members in the session; most of the other musicians were from the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.

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Boots

September 10, 2016

“Boots,” written by Lee Hazlewood as “These Boots Are Made For Walkin'” in 1966. Nancy Sinatra had a huge hit with the tune the same year, and Mr. Hazlewood supervised musicians on the session. The song has been recorded by many other artists, including Megadeath. Don’t know who directed this spacey video in 2007, the year of the songwriter’s death.

Lee Hazlewood website

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Pink Shoelaces

September 10, 2016

“Pink Shoe Laces,” written by Mickie Grant and recorded by Dodie Stevens, accompanied by the Bobby Hammack Combo. Ms. Stevens (born Geraldine Ann Pasquale) recorded the song in 1959, when she was 13 years old. Man oh man.

Dodie Stevens website

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Dancing Shoes

September 10, 2016

“Dancing Shoes,” by the Arctic Monkeys. Recorded in 2005. Alex Turner (lead vocals, guitar), Matt Helders (drums, vocals), Jamie Cook (guitar) and Nick O’Malley (bass, vocals).

“Get on your dancing shoes
You sexy little swine”

Arctic Monkeys website

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Hi-Heel Sneakers

September 10, 2016

“Hi-Heel Sneakers,” written and performed by Tommy Tucker (Robert Higginbotham). Recorded in 1963 by producer Herb Abramson. Over 1,000 versions of the song have been recorded since the original was released.

Tangentially related:

“Introducing The World’s First Sneaker Design Academy,” Elizabeth Segran, Fast Company

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Heels

September 10, 2016

Heels

Women’s shoes, 1900 — 1980, from Cicely Hansen, via Mode:

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Heels USA: The Height of Fashion

May 13, 2015

Heels USA

Las Vegas, Miami and Puerto Rico: Where stiletto heels are highest, and orthopedic surgeons are busy. Data wranglers at the Gilt fashion website created a map comparing the average height of women’s high heels in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

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