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Change Your Shoes, Change Your Life: Strut Your Way to a Fabulous New You! Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation (September 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593374399
  • ASIN: B001QCX7WE
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,729,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Susan Reynolds has spent more than fourteen years covering footwear fashion, features, and hard news for industry authorities such as Footwear News, sister publication to Women's Wear Daily, and W magazine. Ms. Reynolds currently works as a freelance writer and photographer, and divides her time between Paris and San Francisco.

More About the Author

Founder of Literary Cottage (www.literarycottage.com), Susan Reynolds has been a professional author, editor, and ghost writer for 30 years. She began her career at Fairchild Publications in New York, Boston, and Los Angeles. She moved on to writing and editing for magazines and was Founding Editor for a women's magazine in California. More recently, Ms. Reynolds has authored, co-authored, book doctored, compiled, or edited more than 35 non-fiction books. She currently writes two blogs on Psychology Today's website ("Prime Your Gray Cells" and "Looking Back"), and she is currently working on a memoir about a year spent in Paris, as well as a novel.

Books Authored or Edited by Susan Reynolds include:

Train Your Brain to Get Happy (2011)
Train Your Brain to Get Rich (2011)
Healthiest You Ever (2011)
Meditation for Moms (2012)
Woodstock Revisited (2009)
Everything Enneagram (2007)
Everything Personal Finance for Single Mothers (2006)
One-Income Household (2009)
250 Personal Finance Questions for Single Mothers (2009)
My Teacher is My Hero (2008)
My Mom Is My Hero (2009)
My Dad Is My Hero (2009)
My Dog Is My Hero (2010)
Change Your Shoes, Change Your Life (2005)
Mr. Cheap's Guide to Wine (2006) - Edited
The Portable Italian Mother (2009)
365 Ways to Boost Your Brainpower (2008) - Edited
365 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism (2009) - Edited
Monster Boss (2008) - Edited
The Only Writing Service: Grant Writing (2009) - Edited
Today I Made a Difference (2009) - Edited
Yes We Can: 365 Ways to Make America a Better Place - Collaborator
Size Sexy (2009) - Edited
Sordid Las Vegas - (2010) co-authored and edited

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Wanda the Good Witch on December 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Hey, little did I know that changing my shoes could change my life. Now that I am a bit over 50, it was time to pay more attention to the shoe thingy. My Mom used to always say that I looked fine until the eye got to the shoes, then I lost my feathers. Well, she doesn't say that anymore! I now get all the attention I need and I have Ms. Reynolds to thank for that.

It is true that men have an attitude about shoes. Who Knew?

So, the fact is, pointed shoes make my legs look longer in jeans and high heels just make my legs look better period. No sense trying to kid yourself or anyone else - shoes matter. Now I need Ms. Reynolds to tell me what to do with my hair when it rains.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Linda Painchaud-Steinman VINE VOICE on January 24, 2006
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Who knew that humble footwear could have such an influence on our lives?

If you're a lifelong "shoe diva", you probably suspected that the coverings you choose for your little piggies could:

--improve your self esteem

--make men drool

--get you a better job

--make your entire wardrobe look better

--improve your daily comfort

But, if you're like the rest of us (oblivious ones) you may not have realized just how high you can soar on those stilletos or platform heels, or, even, dare I say it?--ballerina flats.

Sue Reynolds does a wonderful job of making footwear seem fascinating (there's plenty of historical information in this book,along with the fashion advice) and, even if you're an athletic shoe kind of gal, you may find yourself wanting to add spunky laces to those Nikes!

A fun read, recommended!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa Sykes on February 11, 2006
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I was hopeless; I wore comfortable... shoes usually from Payless. Nothing wrong with that until I was bored and waiting for friends at a bookstore and saw the pretty red cover of this book and briefly read bits and parts. Left the store without buying it; but it had some strange hold on me. A month later, back in the store I picked it up again to read bits more, but again, left without buying. The few parts I read had me. I had to go back and buy it. So strange to have to buy it; like an addiction.

Found it... so fluffy yet sooo fun. I learned so much and more. I bought a notebook and actually took notes! AND found the courage and strength to buy my first pair of 'real' shoes. Thank Reynolds for so much fun. Like the best magazine articles organized!!! I've bought several for gifts; it has started to change my life!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Travis on January 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Susan Reynolds is a delightful, captivating woman with an engaging sense of humor-part historian and etymologist, part social commentator and psychologist, and above all, a consummate connoisseur of footwear.

I had the wonderful opportunity to hear Reynolds on a talk show recently, and marveled at her ability to elaborate on a topic as pedestrian and superficial to the casual observer as footwear and shoe preference. With equal finesse, Reynolds can discuss the mythological implications of the shoe as a metaphorical archetype, and dissect the aesthetic attributes and architectural nuances of a DKNY slingback. It's a testament to Reynolds' passion about shoes that the interviewer, though indifferent to shoes themselves, confessed a fascination with shoe aficionados!

Having been a wedding and portrait photographer, I'd come to appreciate the vital dimension that props and other objects of personal significance occupy in the overall visual motif. As creatures with enormous curiosity, we're constantly scrutinized by those around us who diagnose and analyze--both overtly and subconsciously--all the varied and subtle details we exhibit to the world. For women more so than men, apparel in general--and the shoe in particular--is a kind of shorthand to assist acquaintances and strangers in constructing a sensible representation of who we are (or would like to be). So why not "strut your stuff," to quote one of Reynolds favorite admonitions!

Reynolds is enormously fun to read, and you'll discover fascinating anthropological revelations about shoes and their evolutionary heritage. For example, she draws amusing parallels between humans and baboons when reflecting on a finding gleaned from primate studies.
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