I remembered this book from my childhood when I believe it was called "Party Frock". I can't understand the reason for renaming it as the story revolves around the dress and not the shoes! Noel Streatfield was a first class childrens' writer and I never failed to enjoy her books as a child and fifty years on I see no reason to change that opinion. The idea of a pageant to both celebrate the history of an old house which is passing out of the family that has owned it for centuries, and to give a young girl the only opportunity she is likely to have of wearing an elaborate party dress in post war Britain is an original one. In her descriptions of how the children and adults worked together to produce an ambitious event, Streatfield vividly describes the straitened conditions of Britain in the immediate post-war era when virtually everything is still rationed and people have to fall back on their own resources. The characters of children and adults are colourfully drawn and fit well into the storyline. It was well worth revisiting this book after fifty years and was a highly enjoyable experience.