Why Shoefies Are Cooler Than Selfies

10 Reasons to put your best foot forward

Eva Chen
21 Apr 2016

Eva Chen

Women love shoes — duh!

Photo: @evachen212 via Instagram.

Margaret Zhang
21 Apr 2016

Margaret Zhang

Pedicures are cheaper than botox or plastic surgery.

Photo: @margaret_zhang via Instagram.

Gilda Ambrosio
21 Apr 2016

Gilda Ambrosio

Say goodbye to acne skin, greasy complexions and bad hair days, unless you have pimple-y feet, grimy soles and hair that can rival any Middle Earth native.

Photo: @gilda_grazia_it via Instagram.

Amanda Shadforth
21 Apr 2016

Amanda Shadforth

Double chins do not exist on feet — bring on the low angles!

Photo: @oraclefoxblog via Instagram.

Leandra Medine
21 Apr 2016

Leandra Medine

10-minute makeup routine for achieving that perfect selfie vs less-than-a-minute prep for that awesome shoefie? You decide.

Photo: @manrepeller via Instagram.

Yoyo Cao
21 Apr 2016

Yoyo Cao

Go unrecognized even if you’re a fugitive on the run.

Photo: @yoyokulala via Instagram.

Chiara Ferragni
21 Apr 2016

Chiara Ferragni

There’s a probability of four good sides, as opposed to two.

Photo: @chiaraferragni via Instagram.

Veronika Heilbrunner
21 Apr 2016

Veronika Heilbrunner

It’s harder to spot tired feet than a tired visage.

Photo: @veronikaheilbrunner via Instagram.

Aimee Song
21 Apr 2016

Aimee Song

Size 10 feet? Not a biggie — really.

Photo: @songofstyle via Instagram.

Vanessa Hong
21 Apr 2016

Vanessa Hong

Smiling’s not required when channelling happy feet.

Photo: @thehautepursuit via Instagram.

For the uninitiated, a shoefie is a term used to describe a shoe selfie. That is, taking a picture of your shoes while wearing them for the sole purpose (pun intended) of sharing the image on social media.

In this digital age of documenting every Kodak moment, shoefies have ganered as much attention (and as many Likes) as cute puppies and sexy boobies (read: Not the same thing!).

One of Instagram’s most popular shoefie stars is Eva Chen, the ex-editor-in-chief of Lucky magazine and coincidentally, the head of fashion partnerships at where else but Instagram itself.

Known for posting shoefies on her daily commute, Chen’s shoefie formula is both fuss-free and crowd-pleasing: One cool bag, one healthy fruit-of-the-day, legs stretched out across the backseat of a car, fitted with the most trendy of shoes even Carrie Bradshaw herself would have killed for.   

Here are 10 reasons why like Chen, we urge you to kick up your heels and let your feet do the talking, while your fingers — but, of course — do the clicking.

For more #ELLELovesShoes, check out Ugly-Beautiful Shoes Are All The Rage — Really! or 5 Heel Hacks Every Girl Should Know. For more on fashion, head here