Author(s): Judith Miller
Charting shoe fashion from tight-laced Edwardian boots to the eccentric designer classics, with full-colour photography, this collection appeals to the princess in various women. It features the major designers, their influences and their famous clientson celebrities and their shoes including Elton John, Naomi Campbell.
50 per cent of women own more than 30 pairs of shoes. One in ten women spend more than GBP1,000 on shoes every year. 25 per cent of women would rather buy shoes than pay bills 43 per cent of women say shoes are their top fashion fetish. Over 400 stunning colour photographs of desirable shoes. Special features on designers and celebrity shoe wearers. Special rating system gives a value for every shoe featured. Ideal gift and impulse buy.
Judith Miller began collecting in the 1960s while a student at Edinburgh University in Scotland. She has since extended and reinforced her knowledge of antiques through international research, becoming one of the world's leading experts in the field. In 1979 she co-founded the international best-seller Miller's Antiques Price Guide and has since written more than 100 books, which are held in high regard by collectors and dealers. Judith Miller appears regularly on TV and radio. She is an expert on the BBC's "Antiques Roadshow" and co-hosts the popular BBC TV series "The House Detectives," ITV's "Antiques Trail," and Discovery's "It's Your Bid". She has appeared on "The Martha Stewart Show" and CNN. She is a regular lecturer and contributor to numerous newspapers and magazines, including Financial Times, BBC Homes & Antiques and House & Garden. She has lectured extensively, including at the V&A in London and the Smithsonian in Washington.
Introduction Early Twentieth Century La belle epoque romanticism; the Roaring Twenties The War Years Wedge heels (1936 Salvatore Ferragamo); Cubist sandals; rationing influences: straw, felt. The Fifties: The decade of the shoe Hollywood heels - Jayne Mansfield's 200 pairs of stilettoes; marabou mules; Mary Janes; thongs; the race for the stiletto; two-tone pumps. The Swinging Sixties The rebirth of the sandal; flower power flats; knee boots. The Seventies The platform; disco sandals; funnel heels; kinky boots. 1980-present Designer Worship: Manolo Blahnik; Jimmy Choo; Prada.