Princeton University Library Catalog

Shoes : the meaning of style / Elizabeth Semmelhack.

Author:
Semmelhack, Elizabeth, 1963- [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
  • London, UK : Reaktion Books Ltd, 2017.
  • ©2017
Description:
368 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Summary note:
"We all make choices every day about which shoes to wear, but why do we choose the shoes we do? Today, buying, wearing and collecting shoes is for many of us a habit that borders on a fetish. Even those of us who consider shoes to be trivial are aware of how the wrong choice of footwear can have dire social consequences. This book explores the history of shoes and how different types of footwear have come to mean different things about the people who wear them. Organized around four main types - boots, sneakers, high heels and sandals - this book explains their origins, the impact of technology on how shoes are produced and worn, their designs and how they have come to have social meaning far beyond their use to protect the foot. Along the way Elizabeth Semmelhack reveals the anecdotes and scandals, successes and failures, dislikes and obsessions of the makers, wearers and observers who helped to create the movements and fashions of footwear."-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 332-359) and index.
Subject(s):
ISBN:
  • 9781780238340
  • 1780238347
OCLC:
979568405
Other standard number:
  • 99974581600
RCP:
C - S