The most comprehensive and detailed history of shoes ever published, with more than 2000 specially drawn illustrations.John Peacock charts the development of every kind and style of footwear from earliest times to the present day, for both men and women. His drawings reproduce in meticulous detail a host of representative examples from every era: the simple sandals of Ancient Egypt, made from natural fibers; exquisite Greek footwear of the "Golden Age," including boots made from rawhide with leather linings and leg bindings; richly embroidered and bejeweled shoes of the Byzantine empire; the fantastic pike-toed boots newly fashionable in the fourteenth century; the hugely exaggerated platform heels of the sixteenth century; eighteenth-century women's slippers of the finest silk; and a huge range of contemporary shoes, from sneakers and stilettos to the latest footwear in radical materials and experimental styles.
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There's plenty of variation among the models depicted, from elaborately beaded Byzantine Emperor's shoes to simple English heels with bows from the early 1900s, but one notices how trends recur throughout shoe history.May 30 2005 | Read Full Review of Shoes: The Complete Sourcebook
Interjected with witty words of wisdom such as ‘Time wounds all heels’ and ‘If you walk a mile in another man’s shoes, you are a thief’, Shoes is bursting with predictable but endearing clichés set alight by a vivid cast and a colourful set.Feb 17 2011 | Read Full Review of Shoes: The Complete Sourcebook
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