OK, I have a lot of books about shoes. Why would I need anymore? Well, this one had to join my library for two reasons: the photos are HUGE, and there are so many I have never seen before! Another bonus is that the text is brief; it's not an essay with teensy pics, rather it's a picture book with great captions.
Here are some of my faves.
This is my favourite style of embroidery, Florentine flame stitched. Part op-art, part geometry, it plays to my love of symmetry and precision. Made in Britain, circa 1760.
Manchu peoples of China, C19th. Loving that blue velvet, in such good condition for a shoe of this age.
Apparently these are slippers, American, from 1892. Fabulous style and colour, they look so soft.
From 1914, an interpretation of the Turkish slipper. Awesome silhouette, made by Pietro Yantorny, an Italian shoemaker who was 'the most expensive' of his time. He was an amazing craftsman.
Steven Arpad - Bloody Genius. These are prototypes from around 1939. He made footwear for Balenciaga, Delman and Irving Miller. The accompanying sketches are gorgeous.
Arpad again, these are for Delman. Loving the brocade effect on leather.
SIMPLICITY! BLUE LEATHER! SILHOUETTE! Need I say more. Italian, 1950s.
Hello Genie! Gold kid slippers by Pucci, to be worn with free flowing pajamas from his 1964 collection.
These are by Byron Lars, an ankle boot from 1994, inspired by traditional japanese footwear. I am such a fan of tabi socks, I have over 20 pairs and wear them with different thongs/split toed shoes.
Messrs Blahnik and Hirst, 2002. 'Dot' boots.