The 25 best shoe quotes of all time

To celebrate #ShoesFirst (Marie Claire's ode to fabulous footwear) we're charting the best ever shoe quotes. From Victoria Beckham to Jimmy Choo, it's time to get inspired by some of our favourite footwear designers and fashion icons...

1. ‘I still have my feet on the ground, I just wear better shoes.’ – Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey shoes quotes

Oprah Winfrey

2. ‘To wear dreams on one’s feet is to begin to give a reality to one’s dreams.’ – Roger Vivier

Roger Vivier shoes quotes

Roger Vivier

3. ‘Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.’ – Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe shoes quotes

Marilyn Monroe

4. ‘You can never take too much care over the choice of your shoes. Too many women think that they are unimportant, but the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet.’ – Christian Dior

5. ‘A woman with good shoes is never ugly.’ – Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel shoes quotes

Coco Chanel

6. ‘I spend most of my time wearing uncomfortable things, so for me, it’s all about trainers.’ – Cara Delevingne

Cara Delevingne shoes quotes

Cara Delevingne

7. ‘I can’t concentrate in flats.’ – Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham shoes quotes

Victoria Beckham and The Spice Girls

8. ‘I did not have three thousand pairs of shoes, I had one thousand and sixty.’ – Imelda Marcos

Imelda Marcos shoes quotes

Shoe envy…

9. ‘One shoe can change your life.’ – Cinderella

Cinderella shoes quotes

Walt Disney’s Cinderella

10. ‘I’m not afraid of heights, have you seen my shoes?’ – Carrie Bradshaw

Carrie Bradshaw shoes quotes

Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City

11. ‘I see a pair of shoes I adore, and it doesn’t matter if they have them in my size. I buy them anyway.’ – Keira Knightley

Kiera Knightley shoes quotes

Kiera Knightley

12. ‘Craziness in a shoe is great – you can have much more freedom, you can exaggerate and it doesn’t feel stupid. But to have too much craziness near your face, that would just feel weird.’ – Miuccia Prada

13. ‘I like Cinderella, I really do. She has a good work ethic. And she likes shoes. The fairy tale is all about the shoe at the end.’ – Amy Adams

Amy Adams shoes quotes

Amy Adams

14. ‘How can you live the high life if you do not wear the high heels?’ – Sonia Rykiel

15. ‘As a child I trained myself to dance in very high heels. At 13, in Destiny’s Child, we were told to wear heels, but at first we couldn’t walk in them. We couldn’t keep our knees straight, but we learned.’ – Beyoncé

Beyonce shoes quotes


16. ‘I would hate for someone to look at my shoes and say, “Oh my God! They look so comfortable!’ – Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin shoes quotes

Christian Louboutin

17. ‘I actually have more shoes than anyone will ever know.’ – Tamara Mellon

Tamara Mellon shoes quotes

Tamara Mellon

18. ‘If your hair is done properly and you’re wearing good shoes, you can get away with anything.’ – Iris Apfel

Iris Apfel shoes quotes

Iris Apfel

19. ‘Nicki Minaj has a better booty; but I have better shoes.’ – Rihanna

Rihanna shoes quotes


20. ‘Keep your head, heels and standards high.’ – Lola Stark

21. ‘I can be naked as long as I’m wearing the right pair of shoes.’ – Anna Dello Russo

Anna Dello Russo shoes quotes

Anna Dello Russo

22. ‘The average woman falls in love seven times a year. Only six are with shoes.’ – Kenneth Cole

23. ‘Shoes must have very high heels and platforms to put women’s beauty on a pedestal.’ – Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood shoes quotes

Vivienne Westwood shoes

24. ‘Men tell me that I’ve saved their marriages. It costs them a fortune in shoes, but it’s cheaper than a divorce.’ – Manolo Blahnik

Manolo Blahnik shoes quotes

Manolo Blahnik

25. ‘Life is short, your heels shouldn’t be.’ – Brian Atwood

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