I don't know why I took so long to buy this book, as there are nearly always several available for sale on EBay. I bought one on Ebay new for about $12 about a week ago. This book is spectacular and would be of great interest to anyone who likes shoes. The books goes way, way beyond describing how shoes are made. It is well written too, with tons of great color pictures. The book describes foot types/problems; arch issues (interestingly, confirming what my doctor said about the importance of arch supports for many people). There are great descriptions of the various types of shoes -- what makes a derby versus oxford; half brogue versus full brogue. Different types of lasts and shoe construction. Great descriptions and pictures regarding care and refurbishment of shoes, etc. etc. It's a must have.
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3/24/05 at 12:55pm