Author Rachelle Bergstein, masterfully illustrates the relationship between fashion trends, history, and the female psyche in her colorful book, Women From the Ankle Down, The Story of Shoes and How They Define Us. She enlightens readers on notable 20th Century events that fueled desire for flats, heels, pumps, sneakers and skyscraper stilettos.
A pair of pricey red-soled Christian Louboutins broadcasts membership in an elite shopping circle, just as the red heels of Louis XIV’s court were worn exclusively by the monarchy. Whether you put your best foot forward in loafers or Louboutins, Bergstein’s bird’s eye view of fashion recognizes a story unfolding in the context of the times.
When it comes to relationships and shoes, it’s an “I love you often…just not always” affair. Whether you’re in search for the perfect peds or perfect partner, expecting either to appeal to your every need is a lofty goal. Although it’s a tough job, most people find it hard to resist the hunt for love from the ground up, evidenced by Rachelle Bergstein’s accounting in Women From The Ankle Down, The Story of Shoes and how they define Us.