"The truth is shoes can be a symbol of female power..."
Don’t know why, that but that commented made me recall an incident back in the late 60s at a convention in Texas.
In the convention office was a brother who, I noticed, had on a pair of boots made to match his wife’s shoes. Both were made of the same leather (something exotic like lizard skin or something) and each had distinctive seams and sequence. His boots were masculine and her shoes were feminine (my perspective) but these two Witnesses had went out of their way to coordinate their footwear.
So I did what any inquisitive man would do, without even mentioning his shoes, I asked the brother “What gives?” He looked me in the eyes and replied “It takes a man to wear footwear like this.”
My inquisition was over. And, for whatever it’s worth, I wholly agree with the brother’s reply.