Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Shoes: history of sandals to sneakers

Riello G & McNeil P 2006 Shoes: A history from sandals to sneakers Berg : Oxford ISBN 139781845204433

A few years ago books on the social history of shoes were very few and far between. Since the turn of the century this gap I am pleased to say have been filled. The latest offering is an asset to any coffee book library The collection of essays written by some very eminent authors and fashion scholars including Valerie Steele do justice to a most interesting aspect of human interest. The book is illustrated throughout with many familiar examples of shoe styles as well as rarely seen etchings. What is a little disappointing but not surprising is much of the content is a regurgitation of previous text. However the book presents a concise collection of material from a diverse range of sources to be sheer delight to read. Definitely will be a valuable asset to any library.

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