So, Tuesday’s tip is for the beginner shoe-maker, professional shoe-lover and friends of each! Want to make shoes or learn the history of all shoe styles? I’ve got a book for you. Want a coffee table book to showcase your shoe hobby? I have a book for that, too. Know someone who loves shoes and need a little something extra to throw in that next gift for them? Yep, you guessed it…book for that, as well. Some of these recommendations I’ve purchased myself and some others have purchased for me (thanks, again!)
I recently purchased the book “Footwear Design” by Aki Choklat to help me get some ideas for creating my look book. However, it’s also a great resource for the history of shoe styles, detailing how to create a handmade shoe, advice on material selections, and other useful information. If you’re interested in learning how to create handmade shoe, this book is a great supplement for any course you might take. HIGHLY recommend!
If you’re more interested in wearing shoes rather than making them, and have the luxury of adding a few girlish touches to your living room, buy “Fifty Shoes That Changed the World” by the Design Museum. One of my favorite coffee table books (even though I don’t have a coffee table at the present moment)! Each page in this book is dedicated to a particular iconic shoe from Dorothy’s red slippers to Croc’s. There are 50 in all, from early history to today, with the shoes organized in order of time and a nice description with each. Even a few shoes from the famed “Sex and the City” grace the pages. Not only is it an interesting read, but a great picture book!
Lastly, if you’re looking for a book to give to the shoe-lover in your life try “Shoes” by Linda O’Keeffe. This book is small, so it’s a great addition to someone’s desk or night stand, and makes a great addition to complement another gift. It’s also widely available in most book stores. Overall, this is another great picture book, with a ton of variety, that won’t break your budget!