When sludging through textbooks back in my school days, I constantly thought, “Honestly, is it so hard to make a book informative and interesting?” Well, September’s Book of the Month proves that that the answer to that question is a resounding ‘yes’!
Using a series of concise vignettes that are stuffed full of facts and fun, the Design Museum’s Fifty Shoes that Changed the World manages to educate and entertain as it fills the reader in on the background of half-a-hundred footwear feats.
For example, did you know that Ferragamo’s infamous cork platform was born because of an embargo placed on Italy during Mussolini’s reign? Or, have you ever heard of the Nat-2 shoe? It’s convertible. You can zip off the festively decorated, Converse-like top to reveal a simple sandal beneath. Then, how about the ballerina flat — who made that popular? Or winklepickers — where on Earth does that crazy name come from? This book covers all these ‘sole-ful’ topics with tightly laced, infallibly interesting copy.
If you’re a shoe-lover, coffee-table owner, or fashion-history-buff wannabe like myself, this book has your name written all over it — in extra thick Sharpie marker.
By responding to the discussion question below, you could score a copy of this flat-out fabulous book. Even if winning this book isn’t wedged in your cards, I’d highly recommend adding it to your shopping cart stat; I’ll be hot on your heels!
Discussion topic: Tell us about a pair of shoes or item of clothing that has altered your world.
- You have until Tuesday, September 27, 2011 to participate.
- Though you may leave comments after the above date, any comments left after 11:59 p.m. ET on September 27 will not be counted into the giveaway.
- Only comments left on this blog post will be counted.
- We will contact you via e-mail if you are a winner.
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