Shoes A-Z

Shoes A-Z

Designers, Brands, Manufacturers and Retailers

Book - 2010
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"I did not have three thousand pairs of shoes. I had one thousand and sixty."--Imelda MarcosIn recent years shoes have become objects of fanatical devotion, as covetable designs have gained iconic status and shoe designers have become heroes of popular culture. From Christian Louboutin's signature red sole and the Manolo Blahnik heels that helped to define Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw to the eco-friendly footwear of the future, shoes are now a fashion statement all their own.Is there such a thing as a leading shoe fashion anymore? The silhouettes, colors, and details on the feet of models and in the pages of fashion magazines used to be the ultimate in style, but they no longer represent all fashion footwear any more than haute couture represents all fashionable clothing. Renowned fashion specialist Jonathan Walford recounts the fascinating history of more than 350 leading women's shoe designers and manufacturers who have shaped modern footwear over the last sixty years. A rich array of sketches, photographs, and advertisements highlight superlative craftsmanship and lasting trends.Featuring designs by Bally, Beverly Feldman, Camper, Charles Jourdan, Chie Mihara, Christian Louboutin, Ferragamo, Herman Delman, Jimmy Choo, Joan & David, Kenneth Cole, Manolo Blahnik, Maud Frizon, Roger Vivier, Rupert Sanderson, and Sergio Rossi.
Publisher: New York :, Thames & Hudson,, 2010.
ISBN: 9780500515266
Branch Call Number: 391.413 WA
Characteristics: 256 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 20 x 22 cm
Alternative Title: Shoes A to Z


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madame_librarian Jun 29, 2011

This book called out to me as I passed it in the stacks. I love shoes. All kinds. Even ones that I couldn't wear in a million years. The book knew that and just called to me. Author Walford, retired shoe designer and owner of a trendy shoe boutique in Soho, shares his vast knowledge of women's footwear history focusing on the evolution of style starting in the 1950s and taking us to the present. He also delves into the business of shoes--the shift in manufacturing from the U.S. to Italy and Spain and then to China, the marketing ploys, the innovations in design.

There are anecdotes on the origins of certain styles: where the idea of the "negative" heel or Earth Shoe came from, how Capezio, the manufacturer of the Anna Pavlova's pointe shoes, expanded his brand into shoes for streetwear. But the real attraction of this book is the photography. It's gorgeous. The pics are not artsy.They're clear, clean photos with many styles shown from multiple angles. You can easily relish the fine details, even read the sizes printed on the liners. OK, I know I'm gushing a bit here, but as a true shoe lover I just loved leafing through this book. It's almost as satisfying as a stroll through Nordstrom's shoe department (and there's no chance I'll whip out my charge card and buy something). What struck me is how much in fashion repeats itself. There are shoes from the 50s and 60s that would look up-to-the-moment today. What fun!
-Madame Librarian

May 18, 2011

Very Informative. A shoe/fashion lover's delight!


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