As defined by ShoeTease a Shoefie – noun [pronounced: shoo-fee] is a selfie of the shoes you’re currently wearing, and was born out of the ‘selfie.’ Selfies have been around forever and started out of convenience, to avoid asking someone else to take the picture. The subjects of the selfies have evolved, however, and indicated photographical trends for youngsters and an elderly crowd alike.
There are many projections about where the selfie originated from and where it gained its popularity, and one source claims the first dates back to 1839. This self portrait, taken by Robert Cornelius, was the considered the first photographic self portrait, and what we’d like to call, a selfie.
And this is where the selfie definition gets a bit hazy. Many seem to believe that to take a ‘proper’ selfie, one must use their own limbs to take the picture or have taken the picture in a mirror. This would have been impossible in 1839, though, as cameras were much larger and complex back then. So, in 1900, we have the first ‘technically correct’ selfie taken by an unidentified woman in a mirror.
Though these photographic explorers took selfies simply because it was easier to use themselves as their subjects, we soon found this trend growing in popularity. The selfie transformed from a test, to a photographic exposé of oneself; yet, though there were many selfies taken over the course of the 20th century, the term “selfie” was not coined until 2005. From Buzz Aldrin’s photo in space in 1966, to Stevie Knicks’, who put on full photoshoots by herself, of herself, after the lights went out at night, selfie taking has become an activity, a pass time, and the indication of the internet generation.
With cell phones and social media, the selfie has conquered. The selfie became such a fad, it turned into a business opportunity. With the creation of the Selfie Stick, the Phone Coil, Cellfy Wrap, Smartphone Camera Shutter Release Remote, Hisy Remote, and photo apps, other industries like the mirror business skyrocketed in profits, as well. Miz Mooz even tried to create Selfie Shoes.
It’s taken on many forms, such as the “Duck Face,” the “Gym,” “Just Woke Up,” and the “Mirror” selfie; but these categories were simply siblings of the selfie.
The Duck face
Rosie HW takes an 'I just woke up Selfie' on her IG
And of course, the mirror selfie....
Now, the selfie has now spawned. It’s children include, the “Velvie,” the “Shelfie,” the “Ussie,” the “Felfie,” the “Belfie,” the “Delfie,” the “Helfie,” the “Wealthie,” the “Dronie,” the “Healthie,” and the “Shoefie.”
the Shelfie (shelf selfie)
the Ussie (the ‘Us’ selfie)
the Felfie (farmer selfie - yes, this is real)
the Belfie (butt selfie) which then in turn sparked the Belfie Stick
The Delfie (dog selfie)
The Helfie (hair selfie)
the Wealthie (the wealthy selfie….)
the Healthie (healthy selfie)
the Shoefie (shoe selfie) Of all the selfie offspring, we’re taken with the shoefie. Giving a new perspective to the selfie, the shoefie looks downwards, focusing on your feet and the floor beneath - or sky. All of these variations come with innovative puns and hilarious messages, as seen by Charlotte De Carle on her social media accounts.
“Aisle be there for you.” She says on Instagram.
“The only way to travel to a spa day #welltrained #shelflife #upperclass #LOLympus,” She says on Instagram.
We’ve seen some clever pictures and some mishaps of shoefies worldwide, now, we’re holding a competition to get in the shoefie game:
No one knows me like you gnoME....
Show us how well you know Miista with your best #MiistaShoefie and the best shoe selfie will win a free pair!
**Hint, bonus points are awarded for creativity, cleverness, and using AW15 styles ;).