- Paperback: 506 pages
- Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (January 12, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0761101144
- ISBN-13: 978-0761101147
- Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.1 x 6.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shoes: A Celebration of Pumps, Sandals, Slippers & More Paperback – January 12, 1996
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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
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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
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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'!.
For a better idea on the topic of shoes in this small book, with just the right amount of short text, here is a listing of the title chapters: The Sandal, the Heel, Slippers, the Pump, the Sensible (*I need a pair of simple sneakers which I keep forgetting.), the Boot, the Platform, Fetish & Lotus ones, Art Sole and One-of-a-Kind.
All to say, you might wish to treat yourself to a copy while keeping "Shoes" in mind as an original gift for readers of books, magazines, and collectors of engaging items to enjoy, entertain and learn from. It may also inspire some present and future cobblers in our midst (the actor Daniel Day-Lewis is apparently a fine one). Some of these creations are simply exquisite, artistic, and reminiscent of jewelry at times.
After trying on a few samples of the above, this one is for Julie with some jazzy shoes to dance the night away, and my appreciation to Linda O'Keeffe from whom I have just purchased two additional 'pairs', at a moderate price to boot. Enjoy!
I bought it as a gift for a friend and found it hard to let it go!