I just found this little story about a "foolish (Chinese) man buying shoes" and I thought it would be neat to inaugurate a little thread in which I collect shoe stories. There are quite a few stories in which shoes play an important and/or (at least) symbolic/significant part. I'll try to find them on the web as well!
And of course, for good measure, here's a discussion of the Cinderella story as well. I don't need to tell you what happens in that one, do I?