Shoes (Victoria and Albert Museum)

Lucy Johnston, Linda Woolley


An impeccably researched history of shoes and fashionable footwear through the ages, with examples drawn from the Victoria & Albert Museum's outstanding collection

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From Medieval leather poulaines and dainty Victorian satin slippers to the iconic platforms of the 1960s and the gravity-defying designs of today, shoes have always been for than just functional. Focusing on the V&A’s world-famour collection, Shoes explores the innovative and the elegant, the practical and the high-tech, and the way in which shoes have defines fashion moments throughout history.


'An amazing and extensively researched volume'
New York Journal of Books

Further Details


Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 22.7 x 15.7 cm

Extent: 160 pp

Illustrations: 114

Publication date: 13 April 2017

ISBN: 9780500519387

Contents List

Introduction • 1. Medieval Gothic and the English Renaissance • 2. Heels, Buckles and Bows: The 17th Century • 3. Taste and Elegance: 1700 – 50 • 4. Fashion and Revolution: 1750 – 95 • 5. Form and Function: 1795 – 1836 • 6. Innovation and Experiment: 1837 – 1914 • 7. War and Glamour: 1914– 39 • 8. Street Style and Street Fashion: 1939 – 79 • 9. Style by Design: 1980 – 98 • 10. Contemporary Icons: 2000–The Present • Glossary • Selection Bibliography • Major Dress Collections Featuring Shoes • Authors’ Biographies • Acknowledgments • Index

About the Author

Lucy Johnston is an expert in historical dress and a former curator in the Department of Textiles and Dress at the V&A. She is now a freelance curator and museum consultant specializing in fashionable dress, shoes and rural workers’ clothing. Her publications include 19th-Century Fashion in Detail.

Linda Woolley specializes in early and medieval textiles and dress and has written and lectured widely in these fields. She is a former curator in the V&A’s Department of Textiles and Dress. She is the author of Life and Leisure in the Devonshire Hunting Tapestries.