If The Shoe Fits, Wear It! WE: Women’s Entertainment Invites Viewers To Explore The Enigmatic Relationship That Exists Between “Women And Shoes”

Original Special “Women And Shoes: A Love Story”
To Air As Part of April “The Fashion Spectacular” Event

JERICHO, New York, March 1, 2001 — 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 Sunday, April 22 at 8:00PM/ET as part of WE: WOMEN’S ENTERTAINMENT’s April THE FASHION SPECTACULAR event, the network will air WOMEN AND SHOES: A LOVE STORY. The special attempts to solve the mystery behind women’s obsession with this revered fashion accessory with the original one-hour special. 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.

WE: WOMEN’S ENTERTAINMENT’s month-long salute to fashion in April is called “THE FASHION SPECTACULAR.” The programming event is comprised of original specials and documentaries, movies starring Hollywood’s most memorable fashion icons, as well as spotlights on today’s hottest designers and their creations.

WE: WOMEN’S ENTERTAINMENT is a service of AMC Networks which includes American Movie Classics, the premiere movie network featuring award-winning original productions and American Pop!, the first digital entertainment network to offer unified content for the web and digital cable platforms. WE: WOMEN’S ENTERTAINMENT features a mix of popular films, original series and topical specials all relating to women.


Annmarie Volz
Stephanie DeCanditis

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