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Shoes: A Celebration of Pumps, Sandals, Slippers & More Paperback – January 12, 1996
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From School Library Journal
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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'!.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For the 'shoeaholic-historian' a great history of the development of the shoe from foot protection to fashion statement! Great photos and examples!Published 2 months ago by sharq
You don't have to have a shoe fetish to enjoy this splendid book. Makes a terrific gift for fashionable women.Published 7 months ago by Sid Hartha
Has a wide history shown with several cultures referenced and some back story to some of the designs. Great book!Published 13 months ago by B. L.
I'd consider giving this 4 stars if it was bigger. Its far too small which makes me just want to quickly flick through the pages rather than have a read. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Apples
This book is smaller than I realized but still a little jewel.Published 16 months ago by N. Hartwell
I enjoy this book so much because it provides history on the shoes shown. I love shoes. This book soothes my love for shoes by knowing the story behind them.Published 17 months ago by Bernice Millin
Super cute little book (6" x 4" and 1" thick) with beautiful pictures and informative notes of different styles through the years. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ashley Brough