Sandals, Mandals, and Mary Janes: A History of Shoes (Paperback)

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Sandals, Mandals, and Mary Janes: A History of Shoes (Paperback)

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Scholarly but approachable. The author's thorough research offers a mix of fact and personal experience.

-Liz Mellish, Ph.D., University College London


Shoes really don't have a gender-this is all a social construction. This book is a great addition to the field, as shoes are so often overlooked in

these discussions.

-Elizabeth Sweet, Ph.D., San Jose State University


If clothes make the man, then what do his shoes say about him? William Bolen, Ph.D., tackles this question with gusto as he dives into the history of one of the most well-worn pieces of footwear, the sandal. Along the way he contemplates the complicated relationship between gender identity and clothing choice. Are some shoes more "girly" than others? What do they say about the men who wear them? And where do these pressures come from-are they the result of executive marketing decisions, or evidence of deeply rooted cultural norms?

Through meticulous research and an academic attention to detail, Dr. Bolen lays out a comprehensive response to these questions and more. Strap in, and get ready to take a walk through history.

Product Details ISBN: 9781665300162
ISBN-10: 1665300167
Publisher: Booklogix
Publication Date: March 15th, 2022
Pages: 288
Language: English