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Vintage Shoes [Hardcover]

Caroline Cox

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Oct. 28 2008

Caroline Cox takes fashion lovers on an exquisite journey through the most stylish footwear of the twentieth century. Vintage Shoes illuminates the crucial designers, key technical breakthroughs, and varied cultural influences that have shaped shoe fashion for the last hundred years—from André Perugia’s designs for society women in the 1920s to the Christian Louboutin red-soled shoes favored by celebrities today, and including designs by Salvatore Ferragamo, Charles Jourdan, Roger Vivier, Beth Levine, Vivienne Westwood, Manolo Blahnik, and others. Lavish fashion photography, specially commissioned photographs of rare period footwear, and a unique shopping guide—with tips on sourcing and caring for articles of vintage fashion—help make Vintage Shoes an unforgettable tour through a dazzling corner of haute couture history.

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Vintage Shoes: Collecting and Wearing Twentieth-Century Designer Footwear is the ultimate guide to the most exemplary women's shoes from the turn of the twentieth century through the present day. Accompanied by detailed text, this beautiful book offers breathtaking images, stunning fashion photography, and exquisite period footwear designs from the most collectable and fabulous designers.

Each chapter focuses on a specific decade and is a rich survey of each era, revealing how footwear has been influenced by fashion, society, and world events. The most important designers and signature looks are examined in great detail and are accompanied by myriad examples of each type of shoe style. Finally, each chapter ends with a Key Looks feature showcasing all the important shapes, materials, and iconic designs that defined the era.

Vintage Shoes concludes with a shopping and collecting guide, offering advice on sourcing and caring for vintage shoes, along with a glossary of the most influential shoemakers of the last century. This book is an invaluable resource for lovers of fashion and shoes, as well as a visual delight revealing exquisite and groundbreaking work from the most talented and innovative designers of the twentieth century.

About the Author

Caroline Cox, professor of cultural history at the University of the Arts London, is a leading fashion authority whose work explores the relationship between fashion, beauty, and culture. A lecturer and broadcaster, she is also a cultural trends advisor at Vidal Sassoon. Her previous books include Stiletto, Seduction, and The Handbag.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book visually and informatively Nov. 25 2008
By Jones - Published on Amazon.com
As a shoe designer I own just about every book on shoes there is out there and I think this could be the best one yet. It is written by a real expert and the photos are excellent. It is a true comprehensive guide to the history of footwear fashion and also like a gorgeous glossy magazine with amazing fashion photography and historical references. I highly recommend this book to not just those in the industry but also as an attractive coffee table book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Feb. 6 2009
By Erin - Published on Amazon.com
I loooove this book. It's so fun, and informative, and left me wishing I had a lot of these shoes. Great for any shoe fan.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Informative. Dec 10 2011
By Lilly Ford - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is visually beautiful with lots of beautiful photos showing different and pretty shoes from different decades. The text is concise but highly informative with lots of details about the different designers and their sources of inspiration. Same as the other books in this series, there is a decade by decade summary showing the most significant trends prevailing through each era. This book is very well put together and perfectly compliments the rest of the vintage series including fashion, jewelry, and handbags, all of them are highly recommended addition to any fashion collection.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative, but hard to read and falling apart. Nov. 3 2012
By Books Etcetera - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is full of valuable information, if you don't go blind trying to read it. I have 20/20 vision and I have to use a magnifying glass in some parts of the book. It's like the printer was running out of ink. In photo captions, which give information about the shoes that are pictured, the print is light gray on white. Not too easy to read. To make matters worse, it's printed in font size 8. Most books use 10 or 12. I like the book, but it could be netter. One last thing; I don't know if it's just my copy or if they are all this way, but the binding is not very good. Two pages have come loose so far, and I've had to tape them back in.

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