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Throwback Thursday: Hurts Like Brand New Shoes

After taking a week off, Throwback Thursday is back! Not much introduction needed with this post, so I will just let this post speak for itself.

September 28, 2002
3:51 PM

I just listened to a song by Sade and a line in it is “hurts like brand new shoes.” This line really caught my attention. I was doing homework and had the music on as background noise, but something about that line really struck me. Think about it. Brand new shoes really hurt. This is something everyone has experienced at some point. But the thing about new shoes that hurt is that the hurting can only go away by wearing them more. You can’t wear the shoes once and put them away because they gave you blisters. You have to suck it up and wear the shoes until they don’t give you blisters anymore.

I don’t really know what the rest of the song was about and I am too lazy to play it again in case my theory is wrong, but there has to be a reason Sade choose the simile of brand new shoes to include in the song. There are a lot of things that hurt. For example, touching a hot stove. But once you touch a hot stove you learn not to touch it again. It’s over, you can forget about it.

This is not the case with brand new shoes. Brand new shoes will stay brand new until you wear them in and get used to them. You can’t forget about new shoes. I think this is what the song means. “Hurts like brand new shoes” is saying that there is a pain and it’s not going to go away for awhile. This is the life of the woman in the song. And it sucks because she has to keep going through this life everyday because that is the only way you can make new shoes not hurt, you just have to keep wearing them until the day comes when they don’t hurt anymore.

Side Note: I am in no way relating this to my current outlook on life. I am actually in a pretty good mood but I just really wanted to write about this song because I thought it was really interesting. So don’t worry about me, I am not depressed or anything. :)