Five Iconic Movies Where Shoes Steal The Show

The live-action version of “Cinderella” became one of Hollywood’s crown jewels in March 2015, earning the top spot at the box office in its first-week release.

While the classic fairy tale about a girl who’s at the mercy of her wicked stepmother and evil stepsisters is familiar to all, the film has a special place in the hearts of footwear fans. Glass slippers anyone?

“Cinderella,” which pulled in more than $130 million globally in its first few days, was yet another big-screen hit in which the shoes share — if not steal — the spotlight.

For many films, shoes define not only the outfit but the role as well — from portraying power to inviting imagination or simply being sexually suggestive to reminiscing about another era.

With that in mind, FN came up with a list of five shoes that leave viewers with a fashionable impression long after a film’s credits have rolled.

“Cinderella.” With its romantic storyline, the classic fairy tale has seeped into the imaginations of nearly every young girl who hopes to one day find a prince of her own. Cinderella and the perfect-fitting glass slippers are as intertwined as the plot points of any thriller.

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For the film, costume designer helped reimagine the blue gown from the animated film.
CREDIT: Walt Disney Motion Picture Studios
Cinderella Glass Slippers
Swarovski glass slippers star in the new live-action “Cinderella.”
CREDIT: Walt Disney Motion Picture Studios

Dirty Dancing.” Nobody put Baby in a corner. Jennifer Grey’s Frances “Baby” Houseman lit up screens and summer flings in 1987. The light-hearted coming-of-age dance movie, co-starring Patrick Swayze, also touched on such weighty subjects as economic class barriers and abortion. But it was the many dance scenes that created memorable moments of Grey and her all-white Keds.

Dirty Dancing
Jennifer Grey and her practice dance steps propelled the movie — and Keds — into the public spotlight.
CREDIT: Lions Gate.


Back to the Future Part II.” In 1989, Nike was already an established household name. But a cool cameo — and futuristic, self-lacing sneakers atop a hover board from the athletic brand —  turned into a key onscreen moment. The fantasy Marty McFly shoes would eventually lead to the production of the very real Nike Air Mag.

Back to the Future
Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly set a futuristic tone for Nike and its eventual Nike Air Mag sneakers.
CREDIT: Universal Studios
2011 Nike Air Mag Sneakers
A limited-edition pair of unworn Nike Air Mag sneakers.
CREDIT: Courtesy of eBay.


“The Wizard of Oz.” Sure, the 1939 musical fantasy film had Dorothy, Toto, the Tin Man and Kansas references. But the film immediately became known for the ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland. Even today, those iconic slippers are cherished by the viewing public and collectors of movie memorabilia.

The Wizard of Oz
Judy Garland’s famous ruby slippers from the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz.”
CREDIT: Getty Images


“Sex and the City.” Carrie and Manolo were nearly synonymous before the movie came out in 2008. The two would come together again during a pivotal on-screen moment between Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw and her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Mr. Big. Taking cues from “Cinderella,” the leading man gets down on one knee for the ultimate footwear proposal.

Carrie Bradshaw and Mr. Big in "Sex and the City."
Carrie Bradshaw and Mr. Big in “Sex and the City.”
Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Pump Sex and the City Movie
Manolo Blahnik’s Hangisi pump played a pivotal role in the “Sex and the City” movie.

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