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*An exuberant expose of the history of shoes from the first modest moccasin to the latest Burberry boot
*Exceptionally illustrated with shoe photographs, intriguing vintage advertisements, and stunning celebrity images
*A low price point makes this the perfect gift for all women with a weakness for shoes

Peep-toes, kitten heels, Chelsea boots, espadrilles, slingbacks, mules, stilettos, wedgies, platforms ? fabulous footwear of all forms takes center stage in this must-have gift book for all dedicated followers ...
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Overview

*An exuberant expose of the history of shoes from the first modest moccasin to the latest Burberry boot
*Exceptionally illustrated with shoe photographs, intriguing vintage advertisements, and stunning celebrity images
*A low price point makes this the perfect gift for all women with a weakness for shoes

Peep-toes, kitten heels, Chelsea boots, espadrilles, slingbacks, mules, stilettos, wedgies, platforms — fabulous footwear of all forms takes center stage in this must-have gift book for all dedicated followers of fashion. The beautifully packaged gift book is a veritable shoe bible, allowing readers to explore the footwear hall of fame and explore every significant development in the evolution of shoes.

From the earliest moccasins of 8000 BC to the latest innovations of the 21st century, Shoes charts the rise of shoes from comfort to couture, and features top designers, trendsetters, celebrity shoeaholics, and fashionistas, and is sure to excite and inspire glamour girls everywhere.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780715322345
  • Publisher: F+W Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/15/2005
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.95 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2005

    Shoes

    History buffs will love this book--it moves chronilogically with the first humans century by century, decade by decade, year by year through footwear and what was happening in the world to shape footwear. Absolutely fascinating. I am not a fashion person (I am a man--a history teacher, actually) but my wife bought this and I couldn't put it down. Funny and very attractive, too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2005

    Very interesting

    I found the history of shoes very interesting. I enjoyed Stephanie's writing style, including some of her sometimes comical descriptions and analogies. This would make a great christmas gift for any female, even one who cannot wear attractive shoes because of bad feet! I can't wait to read her next book, 'Bra'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2005

    shoe lovers

    anyone with a keen interest of shoes should read this! written with great insite, I was totally engrossed! historically correct, fantastic graphics & presented so nicely, I am gifting all the gals in my family with this!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2005

    a stylish gift

    I am enjoying Shoes: What Every Woman Should Know so much that I have decided to order a few copies for my more stylish girlfriends as a Christmas gift. The book effectively describes how a woman¿s image is often shaped by her own shoes. Shoes described range from sexy -- I love the chapter on the stiletto -- to elegant and graceful, such as the chapter on shoes of the silver screen in the 40s. The author, Stephanie Pedersen explains how shoes have been worn by women as a symbol of sensuality. Not only did I learn about the history of shoes from this stylish and reasonably priced book, but I also learned about fashion, design and culture. Pedersen¿s artful descriptions coupled with the colorful images have really inspired me to consider my own shoe collection and what is says about me. After reading this book, I want to go on a little shoe shopping spree to add a few pairs to my own collection ¿ the book helps one to understand what shoes can say about one¿s image. Now that shoes from the 20s, 30s and 40s are making a comeback in modern fashion, it is even more fun and interesting to read about how those styles were influenced by the trends, attitudes, movie stars and even dances of those decades. My favorite sections are ¿1923: The Charleston,¿ ¿1939: Red Shoes,¿ from the chapter ¿The Jazz Years.¿ Also, ¿Shoes of the Silver Screen¿ from the Chapter on the Hollywood Years, and the section on Sex and the City from the Chapter, ¿The Designer Years.¿ The first chapter of the book is excellent, and fills you in on the fascinating history of shoes, with interesting bits of information such as the cultural attitudes in Asia and fashion trends in the late Middle ages, when Florence was the fashion capital of the world. This is a book you will read again and again, and want to keep handy to refer to often to inspire you to consider shoes as a part of your own style, and certainly to show to all your friends. You will learn something about yourself from this book because it helps you to understand what your shoes say about you! Whatever image you want to convey from sexy to confident, graceful to elegant ¿ this book will help you understand which shoe styles could help you make the precise statement you want about yourself and your sense of style and originality!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2005

    Shoes

    An outstanding book! I have several books on shoes (yes, there are a number of titles out there!) and this is by far my favorite. It's got gorgeous art, it's got history, it's got why shoes look the way they do, it has all kinds of shoe lore, and tips on buying, wearing and caring for shoes. I'm giving it as a Christmas gift to four different people. It is just perfect for gifting!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2005

    If You Can't Afford Manolos, This Book is the Next Best Thing!

    What is it about women and shoes??? Stephanie Pedersen's 'Shoes: What Every Woman Should Know' is an awesome history of shoess from past to present. The photos are delicious, and I enjoyed reading about the history of shoes. One of my favorite sections in the book was 'Red Shoes', which was all about the sexual power of scarlet pumps. The adage 'red shoes, no knickers may or may not be true, but I ain't tellin'! If you have more than two pairs of shoes in your closet, you'll love this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2005

    Shoes

    If you love shoes--and who doesn't?--you must own this book. Gorgeous, informative, and very helpful. Fun to look at, too!

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