Shoe Innovations: A Visual Celebration of 60 Styles

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An illustrated survey of the most iconic shoe designs from the Edwardian Period to today.

Shoe Innovations is an enthralling survey of 60 of the most iconic shoe styles of the 20th and 21st centuries, from the Edwardian Louis heel, through the 1940s wedge, to the extreme architectural designs of Pierre Hardy for Balenciaga. It showcases a wide range of the most revered designers and their most sought-after creations.

Fashion expert Caroline Cox...

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Overview

An illustrated survey of the most iconic shoe designs from the Edwardian Period to today.

Shoe Innovations is an enthralling survey of 60 of the most iconic shoe styles of the 20th and 21st centuries, from the Edwardian Louis heel, through the 1940s wedge, to the extreme architectural designs of Pierre Hardy for Balenciaga. It showcases a wide range of the most revered designers and their most sought-after creations.

Fashion expert Caroline Cox traces the evolution of high-fashion shoes, placing each benchmark design in its social, historical and cultural contexts and describing the reasons for its popularity (or fall from grace) and in some cases its revival. Along the way, she reviews the pioneering work of key designers and manufacturers, and highlights successful celebrity-brand associations like Kate Moss and Vivienne Westwood, and the stars of Sex and City and Manolo Blahnik.

Evocative period photographs of style icons wearing the shoes highlight the informative descriptions. Detail-revealing close-ups and original designer sketches delve deeper into the creative process. For each shoe design, there is also a mini photographic catalog of the style variations available today.

Shoe Innovations is an inspirational guide to the history of stylish shoes and a unique catalog of cutting-edge shoe design, proving that shoes are not only a key component of fashion but also an art form in their own right. It is the perfect book for shoe lovers everywhere.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
British fashion historian Cox (Hair and Fashion) turns her attention to the history of shoe design in this frequently fascinating study. Divided into centuries, Cox's account begins with the first footwear, sandals, and works her way forward, touching on minor but practical modifications (the higher tops on moccasins which prevented them from getting waterlogged) and major stylistic innovations (platforms, tennis shoes, and cowboy boots) that influenced fashion as well as culture. Packed with references to style icons like Lady Gaga, Twiggy, Vivienne Westwood, and Audrey Hepburn, the book is an informative summation of the physiological and sociological role of footwear. Readers will quickly realize that virtually every entry, from 2,000 year-old gladiator sandals to flip-flops (which date back to ancient Egypt) has inspired modern design; Cox includes contemporary examples of every style, so the absence of any is glaring. For instance, the first slippers were "among the most decorative of footwear types" in the 18th century but she offers no images from that period, showcasing modern variations instead. This approach may disappoint fashion historians but those interested in fashion theory as well as the sociological influences of footwear will find this terrific resource one they'll want to keep close.
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Calgary Herald - Christina Kuntz
Do I even need to mention all the gorgeous shoe photos? A visual celebration, indeed.
Pittstburgh Post-Gazette - Sara Bauknecht
More than just a picture book.
Shelf Life
Those fascinated with footwear will enjoy this loving look at what people favor on their feet.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770850347
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/30/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 660,582
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Caroline Cox is an international authority on the history of fashion and beauty in both its modern and historical contexts. She broadcasts and lectures regularly on fashion and beauty culture and is a member of Vidal Sassoon's International Team and Editor-in-Chief of Sassoon magazine. For her outstanding contribution to fashion history and theory, Caroline was awarded a Visiting Professorship at the University of Arts, London. Her bestselling books include The Handbag and Vintage Shoes.

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