Fashion » Sole Searching
A new book celebrates the history of footwear
“To put it in fashion terms, we’re having a major shoe moment,” reads a glowing yellow spread in The Shoe Book, a footwear history tome penned by author—and W contributor—Nancy MacDonell. Beginning with the oldest known leather shoe from 3400 BC, the book guides readers through the most notable footwear in history, from the extreme (17th-century Chopines which required assistants for walking) to the iconic (Biba platforms, Chanel cap-toe pumps, and Nancy Sinatra’s made-for-walking boots) and beyond. Along the way, shoe gurus provide insight: Manolo Blahnik discusses his hatred of platforms, Bruno Frisoni reveals his love of his own feet (“I am not a supermodel, but I know my feet look good”), and Christian Louboutin divulges the worst footwear faux pas one can make. Not only is the book informative, it’s stunning, to boot.
The Shoe Book, $50, assouline.com.Follow Us:
Follow us on Facebook
- PeopleWhen It Girls Simi and Haze Khadra Graduate
- BeautyHow to Get in Head-to-Toe Wedding Shape in Just 10 Days. Seriously.
- Art & DesignStrange Fruit: Is Stephanie Sarley the Betty Tompkins of Instagram?
- BeautyWonder Woman Actress Lynda Carter Is a Sunscreen Advocate, Jazz Singer, and Hillary Clinton Fan
- FashionMeet the French Designer Redefining the Travel Wardrobe