Weekend Read

 
 
Shoes
An Illustrated History
by Rebecca Shawcross
 
From high heels to protective boots, shoes are powerful objects of wishing every bit good every bit a practical necessity. They are also fascinating indicators of the fashions, social attitudes, as well as economical backdrop of the times inward which they were made as well as worn.

This lavishly illustrated majority takes the reader on a glorious journeying through many centuries of footwear from antiquity to the present, showcasing a dazzling array of shoes from all over the world. Written yesteryear proficient curator Rebecca Shawcross, the majority is packed alongside social as well as historical exceptional putting shoe trends, superstitions as well as traditions inward context as well as exploring shoes every bit symbolic as well as highly personal objects which evoke a time, house as well as an emotion.
Shoes: An Illustrated History is the definitive guide to footwear from fetish heels to winklepickers as well as a must-read for students, researchers as well as anyone interested inward fashion.
 

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A Museum Display of Shoes

Pattern from 1434

Photo Eliza took at Linlithgow Castle Scotland.  Part of a child’s shoe.



 

MY REVIEW:

 

I was delighted to have a re-create of 1 of my novel favorite books: SHOES: An Illustrated History, yesteryear Rebecca Shawcross.

 

I have got had a fascination alongside shoes since birth—one that has continued into an expensive habit I passed downwards to my footling princesses… But to a greater extent than than but my involvement inward modern shoes, I’ve been enchanted yesteryear those things that have got encased our feet throughout history: the construction, the feel, the look. All of it!

 

First off, I am extremely envious of Shawcross’s job—she has been involved alongside the shoe collection at Northampton Museum as well as Art Gallery for the final 16 years, as well as she is the Assistant Keeper of the Boot as well as Shoe Collection. Can you lot imagine??? I would dear to shadow her… But dorsum to the book!

 

Shawcross had me DROOLING over this book, because non solely does she tantalize the historical nerd inward me alongside in-depth descriptions of shoes from the pre-historic era to footwear today, but each entry comes alongside shoe eye-candy!

 

Of course, my most favorite parts were the Middle Ages through the European Renaissance, but I’m biased when it comes to them. The 1 affair I’ve wondered for years, as well as can’t help but function on to wonder, is how nosotros survived walking unopen to inward some of these shoes. I mean, they were incredibly uncomfortable looking.

 

But also at that spot was a lot of practicality—think close Pattens. These were medieval galoshes, without the rubber. You’d skid your shoe into the leather strap, the bottom slice beingness a raised wooden platform. Voila! Your shoes didn’t larn ruined inward the pelting or snow.

 

And let’s live honest, shoes were a hot commodity. Especially inward the Renaissance era when HOURS were set into intricate embroidery.

 

This is a majority I’m going to maintain out inward a house that I—and whatever guests—can await at often, I dear it that much!

 

Highly recommend!


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