As-salaamu alaykum, Faizah!
I loooove this director (actually, my husband found him before I did). He's now on a mission to collect all of his movies, but I have to say, this one and The Color of Paradise
are my two favorites. Soo much more to these films than the simplicity it's filmed with. Imagine, a movie with no special effects, having the most beautiful cinematography. Some people like this one better than The Color of Paradise, but the two really don't compare. They both have the same purity, but different messages conveyed.
About the shoe movie:
You have a pretty good commentary on it, can't add much more to it, except, my parents loved it too. It reminded them of how life was in Pakistan. They think we're spoiled because we haven't had to share shoes with siblings before.