Wonderfully evocative of the 50's, and the different shoes make sense given Lee Cotton's life: A "black soul in a white wrapper" who begins a new life as a woman. Or better stated by the character:
"All my life I been hounded for being born the wrong color, or the wrong sex, or dating the wrong person, or living in the wrong place. We ain't what we're born. We're what we do with ourselves.