, February 23, 2000

Romance Classics Invites Viewers To Explore The Enigmatic Relationship That Exists Between “Women And Shoes”

New Original Special “Women And Shoes: A Love Story”
Hosted By Comedienne Lizz Winstead
Features Sandra Bernahard,
Nancy Sinatra and Kenneth Cole

BETHPAGE, NY, February 18, 2000 — It would seem that since they were invented, women have had an insatiable appetite for shoes. For example, the average American woman has twenty pairs of shoes in her closet — twice as many as the average man. On April 22 at 8:00 PM (ET), ROMANCE CLASSICS attempts to solve the mystery behind women’s obsession with this revered fashion accessory with the original one-hour special “Women And Shoes: A Love Story.” Hosted by comedienne Lizz Winstead, co-creator of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” the special also features stars with a passion for shoes including Sandra Bernhard and Nancy Sinatra, and shoe czar Kenneth Cole who give their perspective on the subject.


Throughout time, the shoe has had more cultural significance than just foot protection. “Women And Shoes: A Love Story” will take a lighthearted look at the female passion for footwear while uncovering the root of women’s desire for shoes. The enigmatic importance placed on this apparel can be seen through colloquial phrases commonly used in our language such as “I wouldn’t want to be in her shoes,” through songs about footwear like “Don’t Step On My Blue Suede Shoes” and through famous fairy-tale shoes that transformed young women’s lives such as Cinderella’s glass slipper and Dorothy’s ruby slippers. Viewers will be treated to a “sole searching” tour of the Museum of Shoes in Toronto and hear first hand accounts of real women with real-life shoe addictions as well as feature celebrities, style mavens and shoe experts.

Host Lizz Winstead will lead viewers through a quasi-scientific approach to the subject by conducting experiments and surveys exploring women’s passion for shoes. Questions are asked of real women including “Would you take a job or career that forced you to wear ugly shoes?” and “What have you sacrificed for a great pair of shoes?” Experiments are also conducted such as determining what type of woman responds to an ad in a newspaper for free shoes by placing the ad and listening to messages left on the answering machine. Through it all, “Women And Shoes: A Love Story” concludes that women’s hunger for shoes won’t be satiated any time soon.


Women And Shoes: A Love Story” is produced by HALF BAKED PRODUCTIONS INC. which is most noted for its involvement in creating “The Jon Stewart Show” and for promo work for “The Late Show With David Letterman,” “Cosby” and “Everybody Loves Raymond.” Executive Producer for HALF BAKED PRODUCTIONS INC. is Elyse Roth. Jeff Eisenberg is executive producer for ROMANCE CLASSICS.

ROMANCE CLASSICS provides an oasis of entertainment for women 24 hours a day. It is “Time Out TV” that helps women refocus and rediscover the issues that are most important to them: family, relationships, romance, well-being and new experiences.

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Annmarie Volz

Jolen Libretto

516-803-4347


Lynn Weiss

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Sarah Davis

310-998-9307

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