The Shoes You're Wearing

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"The Shoes You're Wearing"
The Shoes Your Wearing.jpg
Single by Clint Black
from the album Nothin' but the Taillights
B-side "Nothin' but the Taillights"
Released April 13, 1998
Genre Country
Length 3:29
Label RCA
Songwriter(s) Clint Black, Hayden Nicholas
Producer(s) James Stroud, Clint Black
Clint Black singles chronology
"Nothin' but the Taillights"
"The Shoes You're Wearing"
"Loosen Up My Strings"

"Nothin' but the Taillights"
"The Shoes You're Wearing"
"Loosen Up My Strings"

"The Shoes You're Wearing" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Clint Black. It was released in April 1998 as the fourth single from Black's Nothin' but the Taillights album. The song reached Number One on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart and reached number one in Canada. It was written by Black and Hayden Nicholas.

Critical reception[edit]

Chuck Taylor, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably saying that the song is "about equality among people in forthright but not preachy terms" Taylor goes on to say that "the melody and the background have an airy, Eagles-esque feel that sounds radio-friendly."[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Clint Black and Brent Hedgecock, and premiered in mid-1998.

Chart performance[edit]

"The Shoes You're Wearing" debuted at number 52 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of April 11, 1998.

Chart (1998) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[2] 1
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[3] 18
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 12
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 36


  1. ^ Billboard, April 11, 1998
  2. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 3630." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. July 20, 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  3. ^ "Clint Black Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard.
  4. ^ "Clint Black Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1998". RPM. December 14, 1998. Archived from the original on March 15, 2016. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  6. ^ "Best of 1998: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013.