An impeccably researched history of shoes and fashionable footwear through the ages, with examples drawn from the Victoria & Albert Museum’s outstanding collection


ISBN: 9780500519387 Category:

Lucy Johnston, Linda Woolley


From Medieval leather poulaines and dainty Victorian satin slippers to the iconic platforms of the 1960s and the gravity-defying designs of today, shoes have always been for than just functional. Focusing on the V&A’s world-famour collection, Shoes explores the innovative and the elegant, the practical and the high-tech, and the way in which shoes have defines fashion moments throughout history.

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Weight 583 g
Dimensions 16.3 x 23.1 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 April 2017
Number of pages 160
Format Hardback
Dimensions 16.3 x 23.1 cm
Weight 583 g


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Linda Woolley specializes in early and medieval textiles and dress and has written and lectured widely in these fields. She is a former curator in the V&A's Department of Textiles and Dress. She is the author of Life and Leisure in the Devonshire Hunting Tapestries.

Lucy Johnston is an expert in historical dress and a former curator in the Department of Textiles and Dress at the V&A. She is now a freelance curator and museum consultant specializing in fashionable dress, shoes and rural workers' clothing. Her publications include 19th-Century Fashion in Detail.