Short novel repeatedly describing love for women's footwear (5,4)
I believe the answer is:
'women's footwear' is the definition.
(type of women's footwear)
'short novel repeatedly describing love for' is the wordplay.
'short' becomes 'curt' (synonyms).
'novel repeatedly' becomes 'shoe' (I can't explain this - if you can you should give a lot more credence to this answer).
'describing' is an insertion indicator (describe can mean to form the outline of).
'love for' becomes 'o' (I've seen this in other clues).
'curtshoe' enclosing 'o' is 'COURT SHOE'.
(Another definition for court shoe that I've seen is "Item of footwear".)