Where Will This Shoe Take You?

A Walk through the History of Footwear

Book Description

Com­ple­ment­ed by pho­tographs from his­tor­i­cal col­lec­tions, exhibits, and fash­ion col­lec­tions, a shoe-lovers guide to the his­to­ry of shoes demon­strates how shoes reflect the lives of their wear­ers through­out dif­fer­ent eras.

Awards and Recognition

  • Mid­land Authors Non­fic­tion Award final­ist, 1997
  • Chil­dren’s Book Coun­cil, “Not Just for Chil­dren Any­more! 162 Chil­dren’s Books that Adults Will Enjoy and Buy for Them­selves”

Reviews and Comments

“An exten­sive and some­times funky his­to­ry of shoes — the black-and-white draw­ings, pho­tographs, and repro­duc­tions will inter­est read­ers.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Lawlor begins this excep­tion­al­ly well-designed and illus­trat­ed book by walk­ing read­ers down the many paths of footwear his­to­ry and lead­ing them through the byways of soci­eties and cul­tures in which shoes have played a sig­nif­i­cant role. She details the impor­tance of foot­gear in work, play, fash­ion, myth and lit­er­a­ture, and as sym­bols of author­i­ty and sta­tus.” (School Library Jour­nal)

“The book can obvi­ous­ly be used for cos­tume his­to­ry ref­er­ence, but it also has val­ue in dis­cus­sions of cul­tur­al dif­fer­ences, eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment, and social move­ments.” (The Horn Book)

“This is a rich, in-depth study of a sim­ple top­ic … Sketch­es and pho­tos enhance the book through­out.” (Book­list)

“Every­one from Puss-in-Boots to Michael Jor­dan prances through this live­ly his­tor­i­cal sur­vey that’s jam-packed with anec­dotes … makes this an ide­al resource for school libraries.” (Par­ent­ing)

“Because ‘shoes tell sto­ries’ the author is able to assem­ble an inter­est­ing sam­pler of cross-cul­tur­al social his­to­ry rang­ing from ancient Egypt to 20th-cen­tu­ry Chi­na, from French peas­ant clogs to Air Jor­dans.” (The New York Times Book Review)

“Read this [book] and you’ll nev­er look at your old sneak­ers the same way again.” (The Bul­letin of the Cen­ter for Chil­dren’s Books)

Where Will This Shoe Take You?

writ­ten by Lau­rie Lawlor
Walk­er & Co., 1996