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Shoes - Rebecca Shawcross



Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

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From chopines to stilettos, Louis XIV to Louboutin, Shoes: An Illustrated History is the definitive guide to footwear. Shoes have always been more than just a practical necessity. They reveal the culture of the times in which they were worn - the sexual morals, the social power play, as well as the endless shifting of fashion. Rebecca Shawcross takes the reader on a fascinating journey - packed with social and historical detail - of making and wearing, of the spectacular and the everyday, of conforming and rebelling. Lavishly illustrated with a dazzling array of shoes from all over the world, Shoes: An Illustrated History tells the extraordinary story of this ultimate object of desire, from antiquity to the present.

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


Number of Pages 256


engravings, and meaningful yet not dense text ... Shawcross gives equal weight to the progression of the history of footwear itself ... as she does to recurring iconic styles and innovations/innovators ... Ultimately, this is an exciting new book on a subject I adore, and I highly recommend it. -- Rachel Pollock La Bricoleuse Shoes: An Illustrated History isn't just about those things we stuff on our tootsies; there's Hollywood here, as well as biographies, pop culture, and plenty of history to dip your toes into. And while you'll find a satisfying amount of narrative, what's especially appealing are the dozens and dozens of full-color pictures of shoes, including bygone styles perfect for today's runway, and footwear you'd likely boot to the curb. I think anyone with more than ten pairs of shoes in the closet is missing something if this book isn't laying next to the bed. For you, Shoes: An Illustrated History is a real kick. -- Terri Schlichenmeyer PBG Lifestyle Magazine Shoes: An Illustrated History by Rebecca Shawcross shows the human fascination with footwear over millennia ... Shawcross knows her stuff. She uses historical documents, paintings, photographs and advertising to show the ongoing development of footwear for both sexes. -- Tish Wells McClatchy DC This beautifully illustrated compendium reveals the expertise of Shawcross, curator of the Boot and Shoe Collection (with more than 13,000 pairs, Europe's largest) at the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, located in England's shoe trade center. Covering prehistory to the present, the author provides brief historical introductions for each period and discusses footwear design, types, fashion, manufacture, marketing, superstitions, uses, famous owners and designers, brands, and more ... the book would undoubtedly be a keepsake for shoe aficionados ... Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. -- B. B. Chico, Regis University CHOICE