“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.