Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Women from the Ankle Down: The Story of Shoes and How They Define Us

A new book from Rachelle Bergstein. From the story of shoes in the twentieth century she attempts to answer some of life’s mysteries. An avid shoe collector from an early age the author works as an editorial consultant for a literary agency and traces the history of 20th Century fashion shoes from Ferragamo to Manolo Blahnik. Bergstein also tracks the birth of the stiletto in the early 1950s, the popularity of Vans and Chuck Taylors in the late 1980s and Mary Janes in the 1990s. She exhaustively details how the shoes became iconic, the type of woman who wore them and how pop culture contributed to the popularity, like “Saturday Night Fever” and platforms. The pop culture moments not only depict what the zeitgeist was like at the time, but it also helps illustrate just how the shoe came into its own. Bergstein shows how the story of shoes is the story of women, told from the ankle down.

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