Up until about 2002 I had a fairly good uptodate selection of books about shoes and the theory of shoe design.
Since 2002 I have sadly missed quite a few key publications.
Fifty Shoes That Changed the World: Design Museum 2009
and most recently, from 2011:
Shoes: A History from Sandals to Sneakers by Giorgio Riello and Peter McNeil 2011.
I briefly met Peter McNeil this week while waiting in line at the Powerhouse in Sydney to get into a Sydney Design 2011 lecture with our mutual shoegal pal Soshoemi. He was not impressed that I had not yet read his book (sorry Peter).
Soshoemi has recently moved to Sydney for work and managed to score two tickets to listen to Valerie Steele. She wore an elegant Paul Smith shift dress and jacket with her Manolo Blahnik investment power heels.
Ms Steele is a fashion historian and a prolific writer who is currently in Australia to discuss the relationship between art and fashion which is the title of her new book. She is the author of a number fashion treatises including one of my style Bibles – Shoes: A Lexicon of Style (1999). It is a book full of footwear that makes me ache with longing:
The Scary Platform Chopine Style Sandals with Laces
The spiky barbed wire Todd Oldham sandals
and last, but not least those sublime Tom Ford for Gucci Steel heeled stilettos that I blogged about here
As far as I could see, Soshoemi and I were the only ones wearing high heeled shoes. Fashion academics don’t dress up to go out, apparently. Either that or high heels are no longer in fashion like nude shoes or prosthetic shoes as Maggie Alderson calls them. Since I have about another 60 odd pairs of high heels to get through, I think that I will be bucking the trend.