Made for Walking: A Modest History of the Fashion Boot

Andy Peake

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Social meets fashion history in the tantalizing story of the boot from the Roaring Twenties and Prohibition to online shopping and fashion blogs. Weaving together such unlikely elements as Glam Rock, the martyrdom of Joan of Arc, and the Iran-Contra scandal, it shows how the modern fashion boot plays with our ideas of gender, straddling the line between practical and stylish, between fashion and fetish. Peake, author of the popular Made for Walking blog, includes thought-provoking photos and graphs that look deeply into what boots do, and what we make them do. In the words of renowned designer Beth Levine, "Boots moved into prominence the same time The Pill did. Both were symbols of a woman’s new freedom and emancipation." Whether you’re a student of fashion history, a collector of vintage clothes, or someone who feels “five hundred times more dashing” wearing boots, this book is for you.

Size: 7" x 10" | 118 color & b/w images | 176 pp
ISBN13: 9780764354991

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Andy Peake is a writer and museum curator. Born in London, he graduated from the University of Oxford and has worked for a number of major museums in Britain and America. He currently lives in Connecticut with his wife and daughter. Based on the blog of the same name, Made for Walking is his first book.