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The Seductive Shoe: Four Centuries of Fashion Footwear Hardcover – 26 Feb 2007

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (26 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500513465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500513460
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 3.2 x 25.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 920,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Fashionistas will fall at the feet of this beautifully illustrated, informative volume' --The Daily Express

'Will offer hours of ectasy ... oh, the pictures!' --The Independent

'Love shoes? Don't miss this book' --Sainsbury's Magazine

'A stunning new book ... sumptuously illustrated ... authoritative'
--The Irish Times

About the Author

Jonathan Walford has held curatorial positions with several institutions, including the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, of which he was founding curator. He has contributed to a number of books, including The Encyclopaedia of Fashion, The Lucy Maude Montgomery Album, Traditional Japanese Footwear and All About Shoes.

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Format: Hardcover
Given to me as a gift and one I will keep!

The author includes a good amount of historical information on how various shoe styles developed over the last four centuries and it's packed with great photographs as well.

It isn't simply a coffee-table picture book- it's a very interesting and useful reference book on fashion footwear.
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By keelybin on 2 Jan. 2015
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Great book if you love shoes. I would recommend
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Bartlett on 7 Jan. 2011
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This book was a disappointment. Had I been able to view all the pages I definitely wouldn't have bought this.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
WHAT A GREAT SHOE STORY! 17 April 2009
By Paul Langley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is what shoe fanciers have been looking for for a long time - the shoes are incredible, the photos great, and the illustrations superb. The text from this author, who I believe was on the staff of the fab Bata Shoe Museum, is full of fascinating information. A real treat!
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
THE SEDUCTIVE SHOE By Jonathan Walford 21 Mar. 2008
By urbancowboy - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is OK. It did not have enough pictures of vintage shoes to suit me. But it did have a lot of interesting information in it. And the shoes Mr. Walford pictured were very pretty and very unusual.So, If you love vintage shoes I would recommend this book!Happy reading. S Kivo
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
seductive as promised 19 Aug. 2012
By Kath in CO - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautiful book with large color photos. Chapters are chronological with interesting history from 17th century to present. Very valuable comprehensive glossaries at the end.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Seductive Shoe 15 Jan. 2011
By Sharon - Published on Amazon.com
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This book provides a fascinating insight in to the history of the shoe over four centuries. There are numerous illustrations with excellent descriptions. You will be captured by the plethora of styles and how footwear has evolved. It serves as a very useful resource reference. The Seductive Shoe is a must have for any shoe or fashion addict.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Interesting 30 Aug. 2013
By Q. Blackstone - Published on Amazon.com
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This volume is very nicely done but considering the title, I expected to see many styles of shoes
that would be considered "sexy" in today's world. This was more of a shoes-through-history book.
There are so many other examples that could have been included. I suppose the author had reasons
for what was put into this book. Overall, I find it very interesting and a good enough reference for
those looking for a particular style of shoe.
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