What is a Shoefie?
I use the word “shoefie” probably more often than I should. But over the past few weeks (and much to my surprise) I’ve noticed many new friends & acquaintances looking at me dumbfounded. “Shoefie” they ask? What is a shoefie? Which, quite franky, puzzles me as I was under the impression that this term had made its way into mainstream (read: non-fashion/ shoe blogger) vocabulary. Apparently, it has not.
Funny enough, everyone knows what a “selfie” is. Kim Kardashian just published a book full of them, for crying out loud. But hold on. Maybe I’ve stumped you again & you don’t know what a selfie is? Oh boy…
Considering the word “shoefie” derives &/or is inspired from “selfie”, let me correctly define the former for you:
Selfie: definition – noun [pronounced: sell-fee]: a photograph that one has taken of one's face, typically with a smartphone or electronic camera of some sort, to share over social networking websites
Teenagers may have started the selfie trend, but everyone & their grandma seems to be taking them as of late. I am happy not to include myself in the mix. My face doesn't quite cut it up-close. There's a reason why I take shoefies & blog about shoes instead!
Back to shoefie. Essentially, a shoefie does for shoes what a selfie does for a face. Your face. Your shoes. A shoefie is along the same vein as a selfie, but instead of angling the camera towards your face, you snap a pic of shoe-donning feet. Some people like to call it a “shoeselfie” but that term is becoming increasingly passé in my books. Call it shoe blogger snobbist, or whateves.
So let's move onto the definition of “shoefie”:
Shoefie definition – noun [pronounced: shoe-fee]: a selfie of the shoes you’re currently wearing.
More specifically: a picture you take of yourself wearing shoes, snapped for the purpose of sharing the image on social media channels
There are many ways to take a shoefie. Some, featured in this portion of the post, are your standard #fromwhereistand & #viewfromabove variety. These are the most common, but people, especially IG users are becoming increasingly creative. You can now find “complex”, prop-adorned shoefies including flowers, fashion accessories, cupcakes & whathaveyou.
I've seen some strange shoefies, let me tell you! But as long as you're wearing them shoes & snapping a picture of them yourself, it is a “shoefie”; no matter how much or how little (just not too little!) of your shoes you're showing off.
These are NOT Shoefies
More often than not, a shoefie is mistaken simply as a fancy-schmancy term for a picture someone has taken of their shoes. But to actually qualify as “shoefie” material, you must not only take a pic of shoes, but you wearing those shoes as well.
I see a slew of pictures on Instagram with the #shoefie hashtag that need not apply. Maybe people are tagging it to photos because the term is popular with a total of 244,888 tags to date (been there, done that)? Or maybe users just don't know what a “shoefie” is? Thank goodness I'm here to clear that up, Ha!
Here are examples of non-shoefies:
1. Picture of you holding your shoes
This is a pretty cute pic of my fave summer chunky heels & although I'm holding one of these in my hand and it is my shoe, it is not a shoefie. Not on my feet, not a shoefie!
2. Picture of your shoes in your house
Pretty shoes on a bed, carpet or garden doesn't a shoefie make. Even if they are captured by you, in all of their glory, in your home. Your feet in the shoes themselves are a basic requirement!
3. Picture of you wearing your shoes, taken by someone else
Isn't this a great shot of me in my hot pink shoes? Yes, it surely is, but as I can't give myself any photo credit for this one (my photog Conrad Collaco can!) it ain't another shoefie. No siree!
So thanks to my very confused non-fashion blogger friends for inspiring this post! I hope you're now all able to hold your heads up high & use the word “shoefie” in your daily musings about fashion. Just be aware of those around you who might just ask “what is a shoefie“? But I'm confident you're now more than prepared to answer that pressing question 😉
Did you know what a shoefie was before reading this post? If so, are those around you often confused by the term as some of my Torontonian friends?
PS: I would kindly ask autocorrect to get with the program & stop with the swirly red underline of the world “shoefie”. I mean, come on, haven't we already resolved the fact that it is, in fact, a word?!
Cristina is the chief editor, fashion & shoe expert here at ShoeTease. As a seasoned stylist and women's fashion & shoe designer, she boasts over 20 years of experience in the fashion industry. She loves crafting effortless outfits for ladies both online and off and believes that styling advice should be accessible to everyone. Whether you're a styling pro or just starting out, Cristina's here to guide you on your fashion journey! Learn more.