Foot: A Playful Biography

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Mainstream Publishing Company, Limited, 2005 - Foot - 112 pages
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In FOOT, Kathy Vanderlinden has collected a closetful of fascinating information about the physical foot, foot fashion, foot fetishism and other aspects of that part of the body so many of us hate. Physically, our feet are unsung heroes, absorbing some five million pounds of pressure per day as they do their job of carting us from place to place. Then there is the giddy pleasure, the lust, the allure, the therapeutic value of shoes for the shoe lover, from the stiltlike CHOPINE of fifteenth-centur France and the outlandishly wide duckbill of sixteenth-century England to the gorgeous Manolo Blahniks of today. Vanderlinden also offers tantalising titbits about foot afflictions (bunions, corns, and calluses), foot rituals and symbolism (from foot washing to sipping champagne from a lover's shoe), foot fairytales and folklore (Cinderella being the pre-eminent example), and foot beauty treatments (Cleopatra had many of them). Throughout, portraits of provocative, playful, and painted feet; photos of beautiful, grotesque, and sexy shoes; the foot paintings and other works of art; famous feet; and foot ornamentation illustrate the many faces of the foot. This eclectic and enchanting compendium will delight all those who have despaired of their feet, been seduced by a pair of shoes, or spent time having a pedicure.

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About the author (2005)

Kathy Vanderlinden works as a writer and an editor in Toronto. She is the author of YOU ARE THE EARTH and ECO-FUN(both co-authored with David Suzuki) among other books.

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