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Shoes: A History From Sandals to Sneakers Hardcover – October 31, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Berg Publishers; English Ed edition (October 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845204433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845204433
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 8.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,119,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"At last a work that deals not only with the history of footwear, but also with its cultural significance. This volume helps transform the shoe from a mundane object of everyday use into something of great social and psychological power."--Manolo Blahnik
"If you have ever wondered why women are forever in search of, consumed by, in love with, transformed by 'The Perfect Shoe': wonder no longer. Simply read this history of shoes. Then go out and buy some more."--Stuart Weitzman
"Moves the shoe definitively from the margins of 'accessory' to the center of fashion. Long gone are the days of 'having the shoes to match the bag'; this coherent survey of the shoe in all its aspects--historical, cultural and global--reveals footwear as a key to the vicissitudes of fashion and iconic in itself."--Elizabeth Wilson, author of Adorned in Dreams

About the Author

Giorgio Riello is Research Officer in Global History at the London School of Economics. He has pubished widely on the topics of shoes, shoemaking, fashion and product innovation in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Peter McNeil is Professor of Design History, University of Technology, Sydney. He has published more than forty articles in journals including Fashion Theory, Journal of Design History and Art History.

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This is a very in-depth history lesson on shoes. Ever wondered where and when our fascination with high heels began? This is the book you must read. Very informative with lots of historic images and photographs.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Limandri on July 4, 2009
This book was OK. I wasn't too inspired. Definitely has lots of pictures, but not of very interesting shoes.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne M. Shaffer on August 23, 2011
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I thought it was different. I didn't actelly read read it I just looked at the pictures and thought it was different.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By VasiKing on December 6, 2008
This is a great modern day historical trip throgh shoe history and is a must for those who love shoes in any manner shape or form. A great read with perfect images. Just get it!
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9 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Glenda Groyer on September 4, 2007
My daughter got this book to use as a resource for a school report, and it does have some interesting history and great sections, like the Chinese shoes. But where are Birkenstocks and Earth shoes?? These also have changed shoe history, so why were they, and other "bohemian" shoes not included? Just because they are ugly to certain people, some of us are more concerned with comfort after years of wearing fashion (feet and posture killing) shoes, and now wear these, or similar "clunky" shoes. A real history would include everything.
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