Font Friday: What Font Are Your Shoes?

Seven shoe styles, seven fonts that never saw it coming. See how we've paired them up and then find out how you can help make shoe/font history.

Welcome to another Font Friday. In addition to discussing (and completely making up) Emotional Font Mapping, we've also discovered the fonts of our beards thanks to Creative Bloq. While the former applies to any font lover, the latter leaves a big population of women wishing we could sport that perfect chinstrap beard – if only just to font-map it (Magistral). So in an effort to achieve gender-font balance, I consulted LinkedIn and asked around: What is as intrinsic to women as facial hair is to men?

Beards, Soul Patches : Men :: Heels, Wedges : Women

So without further ado, here are seven shoe styles reimagined as fonts.

  1. Stilettos | Modulus – Like this classic, sky-high heel, Modulus is stylish, sleek and undoubtedly chic. While it may not be an everyday font, once you break it in, it can make any copy look polished and pulled together.
  2. Oxfords | Bookman – The name says it all. Bookman is, well, a little bookish. I can't help but make the connection between this quintessential academic font and the quintessential academic shoe. 
  3. Ballet flats | Garamond – This old-style typeface conveys a sense of fluidity and delicacy, not unlike the classic ballet flat. Garamond is a timeless font we take comfort in turning to for nearly any occasion and one that we (and our feet) never seem to grow tired of. 
  4. Tennis shoes | Arial – A staple in any font arsenal, Arial is as familiar as it is basic – it gets the job done, no questions asked. And if you're of the Arial-is-a-poor-man's-Helvetica camp, well then I guess we know what Helvetica is – minimalist toe shoes.
  5. d'Orsay heels | Siren Script – With its fluid lines and graceful curves, this special occasion font is alluring in its own way, just like the cut-out style of a d'Orsay pump. However, beware the dangers of side foot.
  6. Country western boots | Columbia Titling – This font is reminiscent of old-timey steamboats and industrial signage from the cowboy era. It's also an all-caps font, which speaks volumes as the representative of as bold a footwear statement as a cowboy boot. 
  7. Walking sandals | Comic Sans – Just like with this most casual footwear, there's a time and a place for Comic Sans (though, I should add, not many). In other words, it's very rarely appropriate. So, with all due respect, limit your use to about never. 

Take the First Step Toward Shoe/Font History

  • Take a photo (or video) of your shoes
  • Share it on Twitter or Instagram, and include the shoe style and name of the font that represents them in the caption, along with our handle (@CreativeGroup) and the hashtag #myshoefont so we can see what you're posting
  • Be creative – these shoe/fonts were made for walking/sharing