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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583229043
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583229040
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.1 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,773,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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."—CheapJap.com

"[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?"—TheGloss.com

"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, AOL.com

"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 wardrobes...it 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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Genevieve H. Deleon on June 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Hutson on June 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alix Shulman on June 6, 2010
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Blinded by culture, many of us behave like hypocrites: responding to bound feet with horror but envious of women who can walk around in the highest heels. Since I stopped wearing high heels years ago in the interest of pain-free walking, I thought the price of comfort would be appearing eccentric. Now, reading Leora Tannenbaum's savvy and informative BAD SHOES, I see I was just being smart. In breezy, witty prose, citing medical, historical, mythological, and pop cultural sources of our knowledge of feet and footwear, she lays out all the pitfalls of willingly wearing bad shoes. Helpful sister that she is, she also offers sensible suggestions for saving our feet without sacrificing fashion. Brava to Tannenbaum for extending good sense all the way down to our toes.
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