They protect you from the will of tough grounding and show the world your sense of humor or lack therof. Stilettos cry rough ***. Cowboy boots evince faux grit. Mary Janes whisper prim but shout schoolgirl fantasies to those in the know. Boat shoes are usually bone-dry.
Bling-y athletic shoes are the McMansions of the predatory clan. Loafers have given up the game just for the proverbial shiny penny. Sandals and flip flips are proof that less is more unless you add the dreaded socks, in which case please remain indoors for the day.
No matter the shoe, if I walk in yours and you walk in mine, we might become pals. Multiply that by 7.8 billion. Shoes matter.