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The Seductive Shoe

Four Centuries of Fashion Footwear

Jonathan Walford

£24.95

From spiked stilettos and negative heels to platform soles and ballerina flats, all is documented in this bible of footwear styles, materials and production methods

Overview

Much more than an item of clothing, a pair of shoes by Jimmy Choo or Manolo Blahnik is a most coveted possession. But how have we arrived at such a plethora of styles and how has footwear evolved? From spiked stilettos to negative heels and from platform soles to ballerina flats, all is documented in this bible of footwear styles, materials and production methods – a must-have for any shoe addict or professional.

Organized chronologically by style, this ravishing book, uniquely illustrated with photographs of actual shoes, takes us on a remarkable tour of the shoe closets of the world over the last four hundred years, exploring how major historical events, social change and industrialization have influenced styles and production. We have been intrigued by the fashion and function of our footwear for many centuries and Jonathan Walford shows us why numerous forgotten designs of the past will appeal to the most fashionable of footwear aficionados today.

Fabulous images of conversation-starting shoes fill the pages and revealing commentaries inform the reader. An illustrated section devoted to biographical notes on shoemakers, designers and manufacturers who have shaped footwear history, together with a detailed glossary of all the main terms, completes the book.

From spiked stilettos to negative heels and from platform soles to ballerina flats, all is documented in this bible of footwear styles, materials and production methods. An indispensable reference tool, The Seductive Shoe is a must-have for any shoe or fashion addict or professional.

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Reviews

'This book is full of the most fantastic shoes, and should be a resourceful reference for many, from students to professionals'
Manolo Blahník

'Fashionistas will fall at the feet of this beautifully illustrated, informative volume'
Daily Express

'Will offer hours of ecstasy … oh, the pictures!'
Independent

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Further Details

Specifications

Format: Hardback

Size: 25.0 x 23.0 cm

Extent: 288 pp

Illustrations: 429

Publication date: 26 February 2007

ISBN: 9780500513460

Contents List

Foreword by Beth Levine • Introduction • I. 17th & 18th Centuries • II. 19th Century • III. 20th Century • Shoemakers, Designers and Manufacturers • Glossary: Shoe types, components, terms and materials

About the Author

Jonathan Walford has held curatorial positions with several institutions, including the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, of which he was founding curator. He now runs his own company, Kickshaw Productions, which promotes the history of fashion through a variety of media and venues.

List of Contributors

Beth Levine