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Thursday, 4 October 2012

miss b loves.........shoes and a shoe wardrobe update


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'Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world' 
 Marilyn Monroe

I have always had a thing about shoes(and handbags!)and I know that it runs in the family too! When I spotted this little book..........


........I had to buy it! If you too are a bit of a shoeaholic then you'll enjoy it........
It describes each iconic shoe which has had an impact going back to the 1840s Galoshes which fashionable ladies wore over their smart shoes to protect them from the dirt in the streets...




There are stilettos, Repettos, 1960s Mary Quant plastic boots.....


......platforms, Jimmy Choos, Manolo Blahnik's Mary Janes............



Even the humble flip-flop gets a mention! The book is full of little snippets of information.........and here are just a few.....
  • The name JP Tod's was actually picked out of a New York telephone directory by Italian shoemaker Diego Della Valle.
  • Christian Louboutin's crimson red soles were inspired by an employee's nail polish!
  • A doctor's ankle injury launched the 'Doc Martens' shoe which went on to become a classic British street style.
  • Stiletto is derived from the Latin stilus which means a pin or stake. 
So.... I can definitely recommend this book to all shoe lovers or design enthusiasts (and there are others in the series too including - Fifty Dresses that changed the World and my next one......Fifty Handbags!!)

and finally......my shoes.......wedges, platforms, flats, heels........from the inexpensive to the sometimes extravagant ....whatever catches my eye......too many to mention here but a couple of old ones which I will never be able to take to the charity shop even though they rarely seem to come out of the box these days.......

'We suffer to be beautiful'
so true about wearing heels!


Such a quirky heel!

My most recent purchase......and such a useful colour.....never in the box!



and on my wish list.......I don't wear red but would make an exception for these.....

Textured leather BB Repettos
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and maybe these.....(heels for evenings out......always feel more dressed up).......Manalos in grey and burgundy suede......
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or perhaps I'll keep on looking for a more economical version! ........


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....new boots for winter......so many options...... 

1 Tory Burch  or
2 Pied à Terre

and that would then complete my shoe wardrobe update! 


61 comments:

  1. Women and shoes is one never ending story! I am not so much into shoes, but I am guilty for handbag-love! Very interesting book, all shoes in one place with interesting stories behind shoes...FAntastic! :)

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  2. Love shoes!! I really like this post :)

    http://cravingforbarneys.com

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  3. I learned something new about shoes. Love shoes too. Have a good day!

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  4. I'd like to read the book!:) I like the flats you bought, nice color! xoxo

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  5. What a fabulous way to start my day!!! I was taking in every bit of shoe you shared and that book sounds perfect for curling up with and enjoying a little escape to the magical world of shoe land!!

    It is so true, (I have discovered first hand) change your shoes change your life ... it's amazing the impact a shoe has on our reflection of self. Wishing you a fabulous week - one step at a time..xo C. (HHL)

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  6. That book looks a good read - I love my shoes and bags too ! x

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  7. I'll never be able to sport the spike heels without risking life and limb. But it's ok, I'm already tall so I don't need the height. How about men's shoes, anything with a good heel that I could convince my husband to wear so he's taller than me? ;)

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  8. Shoes and handbags?? Yes to both! I may have to look into this book!

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  9. What a lovely post - I'm addicted too:))

    xxx

    eve
    http://sundaydresses.blogspot.co.at/

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  10. I adore the Tory Burch tan boots!! That book sounds fab:) Hope your week is going well!
    ~Anne

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  11. its actually amazing what a pair of good heels can do for a woman's confidence. love this post! xO!
    www.thehautecookie.com

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  12. I need that book and those Tory Burch boots!!
    Stacy

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  13. Lovely post fully dedicated shoes; a passion that many women share. I like your L.K. Bennett purchase. It's a practical and at the same time elegant shoe. Great investment!

    LUXESSED

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  14. Thank you miss B!.=)

    How´s the book ??? what did you like the most?


    http://ladiesandthecityfashion.blogspot.com/
    www.ladiesandthecity.net

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  15. I enjoyed all the little bits of information about the various shoes - a little bit of history about their origins. Just enough detail about each shoe.

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  16. Oh wow, this book really looks fantastic! I'm a shopaholic myself, so this would be just the perfect gift for me :) Thanks so much for making me discover it!

    xx Ivana
    Macarons and Pearls

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  17. Thank you so much for following my new blog! It means a lot to me! Have a beautiful evening!

    love,

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  18. in love with all of the shoes on your wish list. i've honestly been eyeing all of the same pairs as you!!
    xoamy
    www.cupcakesncouture.com

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  19. As a history buff, I would love to know about the shoes that changed the world. I love knowing the story behind things! Thanks for telling us about this Miss b :) I love your shoe collection. I want a pair of candy apple red flats and those boots are exquisite. I love them! Great post!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  20. Hi doll, thanks so much for lovely comment, i really appreciate your insight! This is such a shoe-tastic post! The book sounds really interesting for all us shoe lovers, I need to get myself a copy. The facts you shared were really great...history can be fun!! Haha. Lovely shade of a ballet pump, so versatile, love the last pair of boots as well. Happy Friday!

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  21. What an interesting book! I used to be crazy about shoes, use to by shoes 5 pairs at a time, now I have calmed down but my love still hasn't died haha. I had no idea about Manolo's red soles inspiration, thanks for sharing!

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  22. what a cute book! perfect for a friend's birthday present. CUte for the coffee table too. thanks!

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  23. This is a must have book for me!!

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  24. I love my Repettos! In a perfect world, every woman should have a pair of Christian Louboutin's with the crimson red soles.. and also a pair of Jimmy Choo's ;) This looks like a must for me! Thanks for the heads about about this book and the overview!!

    xx
    leslie

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  25. Love this! Shoes are everything<3

    ox from NYC!
    davie+erica

    LPFashionPhilosophy

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  26. I totally have to check out this book! And I'd have to say I love the Tory Burch boots!

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  27. It looks very interesting!Love the boots too!Thank you for comment at my blog!!
    Happy weekend!:)

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  28. I saw this book and was meaning to add it on amazon cart, now that you reminded me, I am heading amazon right now : ) Your Lulu heels are gorgeous! Have a lovely Sunday : )

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  29. Oh Shoes! They can make or break an outfit. Seeking this book soon!

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  30. Well who doesnt love shoes. My favorite part of the wardrobe too.
    www.thoughtsofpaps.com

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  31. That book looks so cool! Love the shoes as well (:

    xoxo
    eclecticliving.org

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  32. nice post and it book looks awesome *.*

    http://brummelandme.blogspot.pt/

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  33. I'm more a bag-aholic than a shoe aholic, but those are lovelly and a I have to say that I have a soft-spot with ballerina shoes, the red one are beautiful.
    Kisses
    City-aholic.blogspot.com.es

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  34. Looks like a must have to me!

    Abbey x

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  35. Very nice post!

    xx

    www.sickbytrend.com

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  36. Love this post,I gonna buy the book.

    http://sarafashionocean.blogspot.com

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  37. Shoes and handbags are definitely my thing too!


    Thanks for visiting my blog! I hope to hear from you again soon :)
    www.blackandvanilla.blogspot.com

    x

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  38. Nice post, the book look like interesting, Great.

    http://fashiondenis.blogspot.sk/

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  39. Love the quote! I am more of a lipstick fanatic but the one common thread is make up, like shoes always fits! xo

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  40. Hi! Great blog do you have! Really like it :-)
    Let me know if you like to follow each other!

    X Annewil
    http://lovetolittlethings.blogspot.com

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  41. Now this is one book I would like to add to my coffee table collection! I definitely need to get my hands on a pair of those Tory Burch boots!

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  42. I'll buy it..
    And such a cool wish list..
    Have a great day!
    http://robertascoolestplaces.blogspot.com

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  43. The shoes always fit and that's what I love. Interesting about how all those shoes got their name. I was reading about someone the other day who bought Laboutins but filled in the red with a black marker!

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  44. Thank you so much for your comment back!
    Following you too now :)
    Looking forward to see more posts :)

    X Annewil
    http://lovetolittlethings.blogspot.com

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  45. I confess .... I have a love affair with shoes ... and bags! Seriously, It's terrifying!
    Lovely blog ... Looking forward to more lovely posts.
    Thank you for your visit and nice comment.

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    1. You're my 200th follower - thank you!

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  46. great! so cute!

    http://glamourgirl-bg.blogspot.com/

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  47. I hope Carrie Bradshaw did the forward . . .

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  48. I love shoes too, but don't buy them as often as I would like. I end up buying blouses or jewelry instead. The red shoes are cute, and would be great to wear this Fall. I love those boots! Jess and Nel are like you, they love shoes too.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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  49. :) Thanks!
    Have a great day!
    http://robertascoolestplaces.blogspot.com

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  50. What a great read! I love reading up on history of an item- coupled with fashion... it's perfect. I love your pair of Lulu Guiness too. I'd love a pair of Repetto ballet flats one day and that cherry red colour look perfect for summer. :)x

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    1. I'm sure I'll keep those Lulu Guiness shoes for ever! It was a lovely surprise to see that you are following. Thank you, Helen.

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  51. What is it about shoes that are so addicting!? Just cant get enough

    girlavantgarde.com

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  52. a friend of mine let me borrow that book! it was so wonderful.

    lindsey louise

    hellomrrabbit.blogspot.com

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  53. I love this kind of books!!!
    So lovely and easy to shop! LOL!
    Lovely blog btw!
    :)
    lots of hugs from Barcelona!

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  54. A shoe-post... I'm there! Interesting facts! I knew the one about the red nail polish and Louboutins :) Love the Repetto ballerinas.. so colorful!

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  55. Love this post and I especially love those beige flats! I would wear them immediately! I am unfortunately one of those women who cannot walk in highheels - I look terrible! I have heard that next year it will be flats, flats and once more flats! So that really calms me! Christa

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