It's a Shoe Wearing Life
It's been a few years since Noelle (Candace Cameron Bure - Switched for Christmas) last dated and it coincided with her giving up on her dream of being a photographer, instead she took a regular 9 to 5 job as an HR manager in a department store. In many ways working in a department store is a perfect job as not only can't she resist in helping decorate the store come Christmas but she also gets to indulge one of her loves, shoe shopping. When one night Noelle gets locked in the store, whilst searching in the basement for a file on a former employee, she makes the most of all the luxury around her. That is when she hears a crash and is startled when she meets Charlie (Jean Smart - A Very Married Christmas), a new angel who knows all about Noelle and has been sent to show her that she has been giving up on her dreams too much. And much to Noelle's shock she finds herself on a magical journey in to her life. Afterwards Noelle finds herself helping to organize a charity event for the fire station which sees her working with new neighbour, Jake (Luke Macfarlane - Karen Kingsbury's Maggie's Christmas Miracle), a fireman.
If you were to take the usual Hallmark Christmas movie romantic element, add to a touch of "What If" combined with "It's a Wonderful Life" and what you end up with is "A Shoe Addict's Christmas". As such on one hand we have Noelle working with new neighbour, Jake, and of course whilst they both get on they are also risk adverse when it comes to falling for each other. Then on the other we have Charlie, the angel, showing up and using shoes as a way of leading Noelle through previous events where she could have done things differently and then seeing where she would be today is she had done them differently, always jumping out of the journey before she sees who her husband is in this different version of her life.
But what "A Shoe Addict's Christmas" is really all about is Candace Cameron Bure delivering that typical cute Candace Cameron Bure comedy performance, meaning face pulling, but also looking stunning in a range of outfits and hair styles. I know this may sound shallow but I think Candace Cameron Bure is at her cutest in this movie with that smile and sparkle in her eyes. And she works well with Luke Macfarlane who has such a relaxed nature in Hallmark movies that you would have to work hard to dislike him.
What this all boils down to is that "A Shoe Addict's Christmas" is a pleasant enough Hallmark Christmas movie which is a show piece for Candace Cameron Bure who is perfect for the movie.