Women from the Ankle Down by Rachelle Bergstein

87%

12 Critic Reviews

An illuminating study of the history of women's shoes in the 20th century.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Rachelle Bergstein brings readers along on a unique and delightful romp through the history of shoes, the women who wear them, and the profound impact they have on our lives.

Women from the Ankle Down includes interviews and cameos with influential figures ranging from Lisa Mayock of Vena Cava to Oscar Award–winning costume designer Patrizia van Brandenstein, from Doc Martens historian Martin Roach to Fashion Institute of Technology museum director Valerie Steele; from Marilyn Monroe and Jane Fonda to Salvador Ferragamo and Christian Dior; from Judy Garland to Wonder Woman.

 

About Rachelle Bergstein

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Rachelle Bergstein graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in English Literature at Vassar College. Upon graduation, she moved to Brooklyn where she worked as a cocktail waitress before setting into an entry-level job at a literary agency; she has worked in publishing for the past seven years. Women from the Ankle Down is her first book.
 
Published May 29, 2012 by Harper. 306 pages
Genres: Other, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Women from the Ankle Down
All: 12 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Apr 15 2012

An illuminating study of the history of women's shoes in the 20th century.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Liesl Schillinger on Jun 22 2012

The temptation of the exquisite shoe, Ms. Bergstein shows, is as irresistible as it is irrational: to stand apart from everyone else, as soon as your toes hit the ground.

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WSJ online

Excellent
Reviewed by PAMELA DRUCKERMAN on May 25 2012

...is most enjoyable when the author stops straining to write an authoritative social history and just indulges her inner shoe nut.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by MARSHA DUBROW on Jul 07 2012

It ranges from Judy Garland's ruby slippers to Princess Diana's Jimmy Choo shoes, to Christian Louboutin's red-soled stilettos, towering in height and cost.

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USA Today

Below average
Reviewed by Olivia Barker on Jun 10 2012

But Bergstein spends too much time rehashing the pricey-pump-as-girl-power argument familiar to even casual consumers of recent pop culture.

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USA Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Olivia Barker on Jun 17 2012

But Women From the Ankle Down freshens up the genre with its chatty yet authoritative tone.

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North Jersey

Excellent
Reviewed by ERINN CONNOR on Jun 09 2012

Bergstein tracks the birth of the stiletto in the early 1950s, the popular­ity of Vans and Chuck Taylors in the late 1980s, Mary Janes in the 1990s.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Amanda Lovell

Bergstein explores what shoes—in real life and in popular culture—have to say about status, sexuality, values and aspirations.

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Nashville Public Library

Excellent
Reviewed by Karen, on Aug 23 2012

If you enjoy fashion, Sex and the City or simply love shoes, then you will get a kick out of Rachelle Bergstein’s fun, breezy new book...

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Sophisticated Dorkiness

Good
Reviewed by Kim on May 23 2012

Women From the Ankle Down is a fun way to look at modern womanhood, even if the author reaches a bit the closer she gets to modern America.

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Alive on the Shelves

Good
Reviewed by Lisa on Jul 12 2012

All in all, an interesting and enjoyable book, if not too deep into history.

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My Book Views

Good
Reviewed by Nicole Bakes on May 03 2012

Women From the Ankle Down is a great starting point for anyone who wants to know a little bit more about what adorns her feet.

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