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Women from the Ankle Down: The Story of Shoes and How They Define Us

 
 
Author
Rachelle Bergstein.
Publisher Harper  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780061969614
Pages/Publication Date 285/2012
Daedalus Item Code 41998
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What is it about a pair of shoes that enchants so many women, across all ages, demographic sectors, political affiliations, and style tribes? Rachelle Bergstein shows how the story of shoes is the story of women—a tale that begins in the village of Bonito, Italy, with a visionary young shoemaker named Salvatore Ferragamo and ends in New York City with a fictional socialite and trendsetter named Carrie Bradshaw. Along the way Bergstein stops in Hollywood, where Judy Garland first slipped on her ruby slippers; New Jersey, where Nancy Sinatra saw a potential hit in a song about boots; and the streets of Manhattan, where a transit-worker strike propelled women to step into cutting-edge athletic shoes.

"Every woman who loves her shoes should read this book—hell—every man who loves women's shoes should read this book….Informative, interesting, and just plain fun."—NYJournal of Books

 
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