(Published in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London)
  1. Lucy Johnston
  2. Linda Woolley
  • ISBN 9780500519387
  • 22.70 x 15.70 cm
  • PLC (no jacket)
  • 160pp
  • 114 Illustrations, 114 in colour
  • First published 2017
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An inspiring, impeccably researched and concise history of footwear through the ages illustrated with rare and luxurious examples


After a general introduction, chronological chapters illustrated throughout retrace the history of footwear from the Middle Ages to today, featuring shoes and boots that once belonged to both anonymous and famous male and female wearers, from battered old ‘chimney shoes’ hidden away for good luck to the elegant styles of the Renaissance, from Elizabethan mules to the first stilettos. A detailed glossary, bibliography and index conclude the book.

Linda Woolley was former curator in the Department of Textiles and Dress at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Lucy Johnston formerly curator of 19th-century fashion in the V&A’s Department of Furniture, Textiles & Fashion, is now a freelance costume and decorative arts consultant. Her published work includes Shoes, which she co-wrote with Linda Woolley.