Cinderella climbs the ranks in society and in wealth, even as she climbs the stairs to the palace. The Shoemaker and Puss n' Boots make good on that as well. In fact, Puss is smart enough to ASK for the boots, as this kitty-cat already knows they are the necessary item to start on a successful journey to status and riches! Dorothy (The Wizard of Oz) and Karen (The Red Shoes) both have spiritual awakenings and realize that "happiness can be found anywhere", even in poverty or uncomfortable circumstances or surroundings. Wynken, Blynken & Nod have, at the same time, already arrived and still have a long way to go. They can afford to literally reach for the stars as they're dreaming safe in bed with a Mother's Love overseeing their slumber.
The Twelve Dancing Princesses require a lot more study - there is just too much going on there and lots of variations to the story. And the Poor Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe? There are many analogies suggested for its possible political meaning, but perhaps she is simply trapped in circumstances. Shoes tied to the back of the wedding carriage, symbolize both a binding contract and fertility. Well, she certainly got both of those in spades! It is perhaps a warning to be wary of what a simple pair of shoes can do for you ... be mindful where yours take you.
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