Celebrating our love of all things vintage, cultural historian Caroline Cox's new book explores the last hundred years of footwear, starting with the exquisite satin slippers favoured at the turn of the century. This gorgeous coffee table tome references every decade, as well as featuring a forward by the shoe king himself, Christian Louboutin.
It also has an uber handy guide to which vintage shoes are the most collectible - so perfect for consulting before you head out vintage scouting.
The book, £25 published by Carlton, also explores changes in production techniques and cultural and sexual messages conveyed via shoes. Those who like a dose of fashion history will relish the details about François Pinets early designs in the 1800s and Swiss brand Ballys role during WW2. While for those who simply love to view vintage shoes worn by style icons, theres Rita Hayworth and Carmen Miranda in all their Hollywood glamour.
By Laurelle Gilbert and Alex Heminsley
Posted: 24th October 2008More