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Bad Shoes & The Women Who Love Them [Kindle Edition]

Leora Tanenbaum , Vanessa Davis
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Book Description

Bad Shoes & the Women Who Love Them is a lighthearted wake-up call to women to make informed decisions when buying and wearing fashionable shoes. Arming the reader with essential facts, citing medical literature as well as leading podiatric surgeons and orthopedists, Tanenbaum covers the history of high heels, Chinese foot binding, the controversy over cosmetic surgery of the foot, and what Freud had to say about women's shoes and sex.
Illustrated by artist Vanessa Davis throughout, Bad Shoes & the Women Who Love Them also includes hilarious anecdotes from women who love shoes. And yes—it is possible to make smart footwear decisions without sacrificing style! Tanenbaum shows you how.

Editorial Reviews


"Do your feet a favor and breeze through this easy-to-read book."—Venus Zine

"Bad Shoes & the Women Who Love Them is an eye-opener of a book...I found myself in sync with author Leora Tanenbaum's feminist take on feminine footwear."—

"[Bad Shoes is] a sexual hitory of high heels form doctors' advice on how to save your peds from peril...Tanenbaum gives a fascinating history: Who knew that men were the original wearers of wodden clogs on stilts, and as early as 1740 women were being warned against the dangers of heels?"—

"In Bad Shoes & the Women Who Love Them...Tanenbaum examines our footwear fetish - just why we love shopping for shoes so much and the bold irony tht smart, self-aware women wear painful shoes they know damage their feet."—Lemondrop,

"Leora walks us through the psyche of the women who craves chic sexy shoes, the ugly problems the said women will eventually face, and some smarter shopping steps one should take to prevent the those disorders...A very thoughtful read, indeed!"—Tineey & Co Blog

"In her latest book Bad Shoes and The Women Who Love Them, Lenora Tanenbaum examines our footwear fetish and why we love shopping for shoes so much. It's a bold irony that smart, self-aware women wear painful shoes they know damage their feet all in the name of fashion! I agree there's no price to be fly but I can't be fly with ugly feet."—Total Life Prosperity Blog

"In the attempt to issue a much needed wake up call to the stilettoed masses, Tanenbaum enlists a bevy of experts on feet, fashion, and the Carrie Bradshaw wannabes who walk Manhattan in Louboutins to the detriment of their bodies...Overall the book is not a call for us to burn our heels but for us to become more informed consumers."—M.I.S.S. Omnimedia Blog

"Bad Shoes & the Women Who Love Them is a lighthearted wake-up call to women to make informed decisions when buying and wearing fashionable shoes."—Tres Chic Style Blog

"Bad Shoes and the Women Who Love Them should be a prerequisite for all shoe-enthusiasts. The book offers practical advice that can easily be incorporated into even the most fashionable of appears—to borrow from a tired cliché—that women can have their shoes and wear them too, so long as they are smart about it."—Feminist Review

"It's an informative, eye-opening, and entertaining look at the history of heels, why women wear them, and how they can damage and deform our feet."—Fashion Trend Guide

"...short yet informative exploration of the allure of faulty footwear...Bringing together women’s desire to be seen as beautiful and sexy with the history of the heel and a useful guide to better shoe shopping..."—SEXIS

"Smart and well-researched"—Ms.

"[Bad Shoes is] packed full of information --- and fun! ...I found this a really enjoying read...Tanenbaum covered the subject of shoes, and the history of footwear, in prose that was funny, and insightful. I could definitely see giving this book to a few women I know, and then getting together to talk about it (over a bottle of wine -- and some shoes!) If you've ever had a love of shoes, or felt like you couldn't part with a favorite pair, this is a book for you!"—Fluidity of Time Blog

About the Author

LEORA TANENBAUM writes about women and girls and the unique problems they face. She is the author of Slut! Growing Up Female with a Bad Reputation, Catfight: Rivalries Among Women—From Diets to Dating, From the Boardroom to the Delivery Room, Bad Shoes and the Women Who Love Them, and Taking Back God: American Women Rising Up for Religious Equality. She lives in New York City.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1729 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press (June 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004X483N0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,318,071 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sole Searching with Tanenbaum June 7, 2010
Tanenbaum's book on Bad Shoes asks us to question the choices we make in footwear. Her research is extensive: she explores everything from the history of the high-heel to the anatomical structure of the foot; to the psychology behind foot fetishes to the (albeit painful) effects that patriarchal society has on our feet. She even includes a practical and funny "Shoes Wisely" shopping guide at the end of the book. Tanenbaum's not merely asking us to toss our two sizes too small stilettos, but inviting us to investigate why so many women choose health-afflicting shoes in the first place. Smart, witty, and stylish, Tanenbaum's latest is a must-read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Smart Read! June 7, 2010
Any women interested in both fashion and comfort should pick up Tanenbaum's book on Bad Shoes. There are not enough books out there on the choice many women make everyday - between sex appeal, attractiveness and comfort, health. And Tanenbaum explores the implications of wearing heels with a critical eye but avoids preaching because she identifies with the motivations for wearing "high, high heels." Best of all, her pace is quick and witty like a fashion magazine. It's not easy to make a book about shoes sound smart. But the message of Tanenbaum's Bad Shoes - for women to prioritize their well-being over all else - is. It feels like good advice coming from a friend that's done the research and knows the history.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Preserve the health of your feet! March 8, 2012
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I received this book today and read through most of it in one sitting. I was already aware that high heeled shoes can cause foot deformities. However, I was surprised to learn that at a heel-height of 1.5 inches, your body's posture, gait, and the way you walk changes. Women are now wearing 3 or 4 inches and higher putting alot of pressure on their toes and forefeet. They end up with calluses, bunion, hammertoes, but will not change their footwear choices! Indeed, many strut around in beautiful shoes but have ugly feet!

I enjoyed learning about the history of high heels and the psychology behind foot fetishes. She also discusses some aspects of feminism as it relates to the wearing of high heels. This is book is fun, witty and very informative.

There is a chapter devoted to foot problems and how to deal with them. The medical perspective is very helpful. There are practical suggestions for choosing the right kind of footwear-heels included, just not super-high ones! There is also a list of brands to explore at the back of the book. You can preserve the health of your feet and still wear good-looking shoes!
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