Here, in over 2,000 specially drawn illustrations, reproduced in meticulous detail and full colour, is the most comprehensive and detailed history and sourcebook of shoes ever published. John Peacock charts the development of every kind and style of footwear from Antiquity to the present day. Neatly arranged in six chronological sections, the pictures are accompanied by full descriptions, including details of all materials, heel and toe styles, decorations including embroidery and beading, and fastenings including buttons, laces and ribbons. An invaluable reference section includes an at-a-glance time chart showing the development of footwear through the ages, a concise bibliography, and biographies of the world’s leading shoe designers and companies, including Salvatore Ferragamo, Charles Jourdan, Terry de Havilland and Manolo Blahnik. This encyclopaedic survey, with its gorgeously colourful and detailed illustrations, is destined to become the unrivalled reference work in its field, indispensable to any shoe enthusiast, designer, student or collector.