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November 23rd, 2008

These Boots Are Made for Rockin’

In case you missed the terrific news, MTV recently posted their entire video collection online. From Kelly’s viral “Shoes” to rite of passage remakes of the King’s “Blue Suede Shoes,” there are dozens of hit music videos about shoes. The next few posts here at Shoeflyer will celebrate such videos. I’ll also feature Shoefly selections that express the spirit of the music video shoes.

Today’s tune is perhaps the most well-known song written about boots: Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’.” Apparently, the song’s writer Lee Hazelwood encouraged Sinatra to sing as if she were a sixteen-year old girl talking to a 40-year old man. That sort of brazen rejection requires gobs of confidence, and Nancy’s voice comes across as challenging and sexy; as critic Tom Breihan said, this may be the “finest bitchy kiss-off in pop history.”

Who couldn’t use a little dark feminine power like that? To sport the updated Nancy Sinatra come-hither boots look this winter, pair high heel boots with colored tights and a punky short skirt. The more lace and metal accents, the better.

A pair of With a Kiss boots by Kenneth Cole Reaction would work nicely. Shown at right, these boots are as powerful as Sinatra’s, but much more comfortable. They complement any outfit, and you can wear them all day, unlike Sinatra’s walkers. With those spikey heels, I’m not surprised Nancy and the Bootettes busted out such simple dance moves!

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