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Source: Sneakers. Fashion, Gender, and Subculture, 2018, Berg Fashion Library
There is a consensus among dress and fashion scholars that human footwear was not always gendered, but there are different accounts as to when footwear became gender-specific. The distinction between ladies’ shoemakers and men’s shoemakers in the eighteenth century clearly indicates that footwear was gendered.
Source: Accessory Design, 2012, Fairchild Books Library
Chapter Nine describes the different components of footwear. After reading this chapter, you will be able to identify the essential parts of a shoe as well as different types of shoe and heel styles for men and women.
Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion, 2010, Berg Fashion Library
Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. West Europe, 2010, Berg Fashion Library
The importance of shoes in twenty-first-century Western society extends well beyond their functional use. Through their material appearance—their texture, weight, and design—shoes express abstract ideas that range from sexual appeal to allure, smartness, and informality. Shoes, therefore, are not just accessories that decorate the body or allow people to embrace the latest fashion; they convey messages that are understood across society. High heels stand for exaggerated femininity; red shoes for