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UK £29.95
US $49.95
CAN $54.95
Hardback with jacket
192 pages
430 colour illustrations
25 x 25 cm (9.75 x 9.75 in)
ISBN: 978-1-8589-4585-9
Cult Shoes
Classic and Contemporary Designs
Harriet Walker

While very few of us can boast a shoe collection to rival that of Imelda Marcos, it’s difficult to deny the mood-enhancing effect of a shiny new pair of shoes.

And when a woman goes shoe-shopping, whether for skyscraper heels or wear-with-anything ballet flats, she’s spoilt for choice. Cult Shoes is a lavishly illustrated exploration of the world’s top shoe brands and designers, from Manolo Blahnik to Melissa, Camper to Clarks, and from the eighteenth century to the present day. Fashion journalist Harriet Walker selects 30 famous names that have an enduring appeal or command a devoted following, and recounts the history of each brand and its most iconic designs, among them the scarlet leather Repetto pumps immortalized by Brigitte Bardot in 1956 in … And God Created Woman and Terry de Havilland’s multicoloured wedges, which have adorned the feet of celebrities since the late 1960s. A must-have for any shoe fanatic, the book also includes a concise illustrated introduction to the history

of footwear, and short features on key personalities and lesser-known but influential brands.


Covers 30 cult brands/designers from around the world, including Charlotte Olympia, Christian Louboutin, Havaianas, Jimmy Choo, Nicholas Kirkwood and Tod’s

Includes features on subculture designs, Chanel’s iconic ballet pumps, the influence of Sex and the City … and Imelda Marcos and other famous shoe collectors

With over 350 historical and contemporary images, including sketches, advertisements and style shots

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Harriet Walker writes on fashion for The Independent newspaper, AnOther Magazine and She has also contributed to Vogue, Elle, Glamour and Dazed Digital.

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