Red Shoes for Imelda Marcos

by BrendaReeves

Women love shoes. It's written in their DNA. If the shoes are red, all the better. Even women who don't care for the color red, love red shoes.

Ladies, put on a pair of red shoes, and you're going to get compliments. Red shoes are cute, and like all gorgeous shoes, they make you feel sexy. If you don't believe me, just ask Imelda Marcos. For those of you who don't know Imelda Marcos, here's a little background: Imelda's husband, Ferdinand Marcos, was the 10th Philippine President. Imelda was also a politician, but she was best known for her five-million-dollar shopping sprees and her almost 3,000 pairs of shoes. Yes, 3,000 pairs of shoes! I bet Imelda had a few pairs of red shoes. Unfortunately, their regime ended when the government was overthrown in 1986.

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Imelda insists that she didn't own 3,000 pairs of shoes as reported. She only owned 1,600. Some well-known designers like Ferragamo, Givenchy, Chanel and Christian Dior kept this classy lady supplied with shoes.

 Imelda was no plain Jane. At the age of 18, she was crowned Rose of Tacloban. Next came Miss Leyte and then Miss Philippine. A gal like that deserves all the red shoes she can get. Ladies, put on a pair of red shoes, and you're going to get compliments. Red shoes are gorgeous, and like all gorgeous shoes, they make you feel sexy.

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Extravagant Spenders

While the Filipino people went hungry and shoeless, the Marco's went shopping on public funds. I guess they never heard of what happened to the Romanovs. Here's an example of what got the citizens in such a huff:

  • Imelda sent a plane to Australia to pick up white sand for a new beach resort
  • Bought the $51- million Crown Building in Manhattan
  • The Woolworth Building on Wall Street
  • $60- million Herald Center
  • Jewels
  • Art by Michelangelo, Botticelli and Canaletto

However, Imelda declined an offer to buy the Empire State Building for $75- million. She said it was too ostentatious. Imagine that!

Imelda had a good excuse for frittering away the people's money. She said it was her duty to be "some kind of light, a star to give the poor." Oh well, in that case...

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The Psychology of Red Shoes

Red happens to be my favorite color. I chose it when I was four years old. My mother bought me a red toothbrush which I thought was the most beautiful thing I ever saw in my short life. The color was hypnotic. It gave me a high. To this day, red is my drug. I also happen to look good in red thanks to the dark Native American genes my father passed along to me.

I decided to do a little research on why women love red shoes, and evidently they do, because there's a lot of research on the subject. A sociologist from Otago University in New Zealand, Dr. Elaine Webster, thinks she found the answer to why women love red shoes. She decided to conduct research on red shoes, because of the way young women spoke of them.  After six months of interviewing young women and men, she came to this conclusion: Women wear them to get noticed and for excitement. Men associate red shoes with sex and sin.

Other research insists bright red shoes have an overpowering effect on men, and get this ladies, it makes them stammer and perspire. I wonder what red panties would do to them?

Imelda Marcos' Shoe Museum

Imelda Escapes without Her 3000 Pairs of Shoes

Whether it was 3,000 or 1,600, Emelda had to leave the palace without them. The United States generously gave the Marcos family asylum in Hawaii.  President Marcos died in exile on September 28, 1989. In 1991, Imelda returned to her native land and ran for public office, In 2001, she opened a museum showcasing her shoes. The hope is that it will attract tourism to Marikina, known as the shoe capital of the Philippines. Imelda Marcos will be immortalized in the history books as the first lady with the shoe fetish. She continues to be fodder for late night comics.

I like to think that Imelda's museum has a generous display of red shoes. I hope I get to visit it someday.





Updated: 08/14/2012, BrendaReeves
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BrendaReeves on 08/14/2012

I'm with you Sannel. Comfort comes first. I don't even own a pair of dress shoes right now, and I really need to buy some for that spur-of-the-moment occasion. Flip-flops and running shoes don't go very well with a cocktail dress.

Sannel on 08/14/2012

Great article! I'm all about comfort now, so different from when I was young. However, once in a while it's nice to dress up and wear elegant high heel shoes or boots.

BrendaReeves on 08/13/2012

Tiggered, I don't care too much about shoes anymore either. When I was younger I sure did. I guess I still would if I had a reason to get dressed up everyday. I'm all about minimalism and comfort now.

Tiggered on 08/13/2012

What a creative way of using Imelda Marcos to sell red shoes! One question: I am a woman and I don't care much about shoes. Is there something wrong with my DNA? :P
Good job, anyway.

BrendaReeves on 08/09/2012

Thank you lou. I don't have a pair of red shoes right now. Shame on me.

lou16 on 08/09/2012

I'm sure Imelda must've had a fair few red shoes in her collection. I must admit I don't wear much red, but you're so right a pair of red shoes always feels special.

BrendaReeves on 08/08/2012

Thanks Katie. I'm glad to see someone besides me is working tonight.

katiem2 on 08/08/2012

Well Well I don't know about Imelda Marcos, but I love these sensational red pumps! :)K

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