During the classic baseball movie The Sandlot, one character slips on a pair of PF Flyers because they were supposed to make a kid jump higher and run faster. These days, athletic shoes are customized for sports like running and basketball and have been celebrated in songs that definitely aren't retreads.
"Walking Shoes" (Performed by Tanya Tucker)
Tucker sings about putting on her walking shoes and Hipsall Overcoat as she's leaving because the one that she adores has been treating her badly. In this case, her shoes are meant for a lot more than a simple walk around the block.
"Walk a Mile in My Shoes" (Performed by Elvis Presley)
One of the more thoughtful shoe songs, Joe South wrote this popular tune about stopping to see things from another person's perspective. In other words, before you pass judgment on someone, make sure you walk a mile in their shoes first.
"These Boots are made for Walking" (Performed by Nancy Sinatra)
Boots are great for hiking and horseback riding, but Nancy Sinatra sang of using her boots to get back at the man who has been cheating on her.
"Boogie Shoes" (Performed by the KC and the Sunshine Band)
A tune that was born during the early days of the Disco Era, "Boogie Shoes" talks about slipping on a special pair of footwear so you can dance the night away with that one special someone.
"Italian Shoes" (Performed by Mink DeVille)
For those who have shoes for every sport and occasion, Mink DeVille recorded this track on their album Sportin' Life. The group sings about the joys of wearing Italian shoes, which feel, in their words, "soft as butter."
"Dancin' Shoes" (Performed by U2)
A cautionary shoe tale, the lead singer talks about a woman who finally has to leave the magic of the dance floor and face the hard realities of life. As she slowly adjusts to a normal life, the woman has to learn to walk all over again while wearing her dancing shoes.