Book Overview from the Publisher:
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.
Introduction • The First Shoes • From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance • European Renaissance • Towards the Age Of Reason • Return to Simplicity • Mechanization of the Industry • The Turn of the Twentieth Century • Austerity Years • A New Era • 1980s to the Present • Places to Visit • Selected Bibliography • Glossary • Index • Acknowledgements
This book is brought by Bloomsbury Publishing, ISBN 9781472531001