Shoes : A Lexicon of Style
By Valerie Steele This lushly illustrated book is devoted completely to the meaning of modern footwear. It discusses the obsession, the fetish, and the fashion of shoes from the pump to the sneaker, the boot to the stiletto. All the major players are represented here from interviews with Manolo Blahnik, master of the "skyscraper" heel, to witty quips from Tom Ford, the designer who sparked the resurgence of the Gucci loafer. Subjects such as the merits of platforms, or the "Designer Bofs" and "Techno Urban Warriors" of the sneaker buying public are tackled with humor. The book also explores the relationship between shoes and sex, and gender roles. It is fun, thought provoking and full of magnificent photographs.