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Product Details

  • Paperback: 506 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (January 12, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761101144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761101147
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

YA. Bette Midler once said, "Give a girl the correct footwear and she can conquer the world." This book looks at what the "correct" footwear was, is, and has been. The chapters are divided into different types of shoes, e.g., sandals, pumps, boots, etc., and detail the careers of famous shoe designers. Full-color pictures showcase shoes from antiquity to the present day throughout the world. Quotes about shoes from celebrities, ordinary people, designers, and historical figures pepper the text. The book is full of quips, historical oddities, and facts that will inform and amuse researchers and browsers alike.?Debbie Hyman, R. E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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From the 'footbag' to the Clergerie pump, 'Shoes'...jams 507 pages of photos, historicized bites, and factoids into a palm-sized paperback. Despite a weakness for bad pun..., O'Keeffe has both good taste and, more important, good bad taste in shoes.(G Trebay, Voice Literary Supplement)

Bette Midler once said, "Give a girl the correct footwear and she can conquer the world." This book looks at what the "correct" footwear was, is, and has been. The chapters are divided into different types of shoes, e.g., sandals, pumps, boots, etc., and detail the careers of famous shoe designers. Full-color pictures showcase shoes from antiquity to the present day throughout the world. Quotes about shoes from celebrities, ordinary people, designers, and historical figures pepper the text. The book is full of quips, historical oddities, and facts that will inform and amuse researchers and browsers alike. (Debbie Hyman, School Library Journal)

Not everyone can afford a pair of sexy $500 Manolo Blahnik heels, but everyone can (and should) spring for this sumptuous, pocket-size portfolio of pumps, sandals, slippers, mules, and boots, each of Cinderella quality. (Entertainment Weekly)

Shoe fanciers will swoon over this dazzling parade of more than 1,000 treats for ladies' feet, like dainty bride's slippers, go-go boots and marabou mules; pumps, platforms and plain old sneakers. Give it to your solemate. -- Reviews


More About the Author

Born in London England, O'Keeffe resides in New York City and has spent the last 25 years discussing, writing and art directing stories about design, 16 of them as the creative director of Metropolitan Home magazine. She has authored two books on women's footwear as well as Expressive Modern, a monograph of Amy Lau's interior design portfolio; Brilliant: White In Design and Stripes: Design Between The Lines which will launch in the fall of 2010.

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Very interesting and fun to flip through.
Veronica V.
I originally bought it as a gag gift because the recipient loves shoes, but the book is really very informative and has some great pictures.
Charlotta Carter
I love shoes of all kinds, and this book was so much fun to read.
Mary Jane Harris

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
This "index" of shoes shoes how people (particularly females) have gone through years and years with that one friend(or several in some people's cases). That one friend is "the shoe." I have always had a shoe fetish, ever since I was a young child. And when I found a book on this subject, I was quite surprised that someone would actually write about the topic: shoes. Well I have come to realize that this author, Linda O'Keeffe is an extraordinary author, and I wish to read more of her books!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By creativedawn on April 22, 2002
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A great coffee table book for shoes! Color photos with history on every page. Lots of trivia like showing Elizabeth Taylor's beautiful high heel shoes worn during Cleopatra, famous shoe designers favorite high heels like Ferragamo's fantasy shoes, Manolo Blahnik's amazing shoes for different eras, David Evins rhinestone "stop and go" mules for Ava Gardner in 1955 & a twisted pearl sandal for Grace Kelly in 1959. Lots of interesting tidbits throughout and well worth the money to buy this book. If you enjoy shoes you'll love this book! :)
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Marcy L. Thompson VINE VOICE on November 25, 2002
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This book contains fluent, erudite words about shoes, but who cares? The point of the book is the luscious photography -- beautiful, enticing images of a large number of shoes.
If you have friends who also love shoes, get a copy for each one and you can sit around for hours saying "omigosh, look at page 501!" and "wow, Carly Jane, page 347 is just what you need!" This is a whole lot more fun than it sounds, actually.
And you can always place the book on your coffee table where it will (a) take up very little physical space and (b) end up enticing everyone who sits down in your living room into developing a shoe fetish.
Seriously, this is a well-researched, beautifully photographed, elegantly written gem of a book. If you happen to like shoes, you really owe it to yourself to obtain a copy of it.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "literarylady" on April 18, 2000
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This book is so much fun! I bought a copy for my (equally) shoe-crazy aunt, and she and I cackled for hours reading about the scandalous sandals and far-out footwear displayed. The pictures were fabulous! The author has a great sense of humor, as well as of style. Some of those shoes are soooo snazzy! This book also was interesting in that we were able, by the shoes that they wore, to see the role of women in society in various ages and countries. This book also makes an excellent "bathroom book," lotsa quick quips and eye-catching pics. Whether you are looking for a history of the shoe, an introduction into shoe styles or stylists, or an opportunity to seethe with shoe lust, this book fits the bill.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 9, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book is the proof--rare--that information, scholarship can be fun, interesting, page turning. I loved the format, the range (from the first shoes, to mules, to doc martins...) and in all the places I've searched, this is one of the few books, frivolous as it may first appear, that has photos of authentic "lotus" slippers worn by chinese women with bound feet. I wish I'd saved every pair of shoes I've ever owned after reading this, and that my family members had, too--history! That shoes are ART is evident here--yet they must bear the weight and gait of the wearer--unless it's Cleopatra, I learned. Or a rich daughter whose shoes are expected to wear out on their first, and last outing, to a dance. I hope there's a sequel--more pictures, more history, more shoes, shoes, shoes. I read every word and looked at every photo at least once, and would like to see more, particularly the historical shoes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book was filled with historical facts but it was still fun to read. I am only 11 years old but i really got into it. my friend is into shoes but she never knew this much stuff. this book should be for people over the age of 9
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 26, 1999
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Being a shoe lover, I found this book very interesting and eye catching. I've read it several times and learn a new thing each time I pick it up! I would recommend it to any and everyone!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pippin O' Rohan on June 6, 2013
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Many people do care about their choice of footwear for a variety of good reasons, and some of us retain a favorite and memorable "shoe anecdote" to bring out of its box on occasion. As for an affinity for shoes in general, this reader tends to remain slightly sanguine on the matter, possibly because as an adolescent so many repetitive speeches were drummed into my young crown on how one's shoes define 'a lady', that it was enough to be reduced to a state of torpor. Having said this, today in New York there is a lively revival and trend of eye-catchers on the streets of the city in a festival of attractive, decorative, comfortable and sensible shoes to be seen: flats, sandals, spikes, platforms and all.

Occasionally one finds an interesting and fun book that provides not only a rewarding read, but can be interpreted as a work of art, or curiosity. "Shoes" by Linda O'Keeffe, recommended by another reviewer, is such a one. A gem in a boxy design format, it is both highly creative and entertaining. To put this together was no small feet on the part of the author, to make an obvious pun . Not only is it a mini-album with a collection of colorful photos, but it is also an intriguing, fascinating, and sometimes alarming read on the history of shoes and other foot artifacts throughout the centuries.

A small, sturdy and comfortable book to hold in one's hands, flip-flopping it at random you may find yourself looking at the original and beautiful pair of sequined red pumps, worn by Judy Garland in the magical 'Land of OZ', or a bed of Indian Nail Sandals in the 19th century, causing you to do a double-take and say 'ouch'!.
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