From luxe coffee table books to heavier reads, Footwear News has rounded up a complete list of essential shoe-related books that every sneakerhead and shoe aficionado needs in their personal library. Find out more from Footwear News and shop the books below:
The countdown to Christmas is on. If you’re still searching for last-minute gift ideas and have a shoe lover in your life, the book world is filled with fun footwear-themed titles — from designer monographs and sneaker collectors’ guides to artsy photo books perfect for the coffee table. Here are some of our favorites and where to find them:
Penned by Rodrigo Corral (the designer behind Jay-Z’s “Decoded” book), Esquire contributing editor Alex French and Wall Street Journal contributing editor Howie Kahn, this 320-page tome takes readers inside some of the sneaker industry’s most legendary stories. Featured throughout are photos and interviews with the people at the center of the action, including basketball great Kobe Bryant, tennis icon Serena Williams, Kith founder Ronnie Fieg, Nike designer Tinker Hatfield and advertising titan Jim Riswold.
2. “Shoe Dog: A Memoir by The Creator of Nike”
In his surprisingly unfiltered and revealing memoir, Nike founder Phil Knight — known for rarely speaking to the public — pulls back the curtain on the company’s early beginnings as a scrappy startup and its inspiring transformation into one of the world’s most iconic and profitable brands. For over 400 pages, the mogul shares colorful stories, musings and pearls of wisdom on life, business and entrepreneurship.
3. “It’s All About Shoes”
British street-style photographer Suzanne Middlemass has assembled a collection of her most striking shots of fanciful footwear from around the world in a not-to-miss coffee table book. Middlemass showcases more than 300 showstopping styles spotted on the streets of major fashion capitals including New York, Paris, London, Milan, Berlin and Copenhagen.
4. “Out of The Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture”
Shoe historian Elizabeth Semmelhack’s book presents a fascinating visual history of sneakers, from the 1800s to today. Drawn from the collection of the Bata Shoe Museum, as well as significant private collections, museums and the archives of brands including Adidas, Converse, Reebok and Nike, “Out of the Box” serves up interviews and essays by designers, collectors and cultural historians to chronicle the technical innovation, trends, social history and marketing campaigns that have shaped the sneaker world.
5. “Vogue: The Shoe”
Award-winning journalist and style writer Harriet Quick has curated more than 300 shoe-focused images from a century of British Vogue shoots, grouped into themes like Town & Country Classics, Cult Style Inspiration and Extreme Heels. The images include work from acclaimed photographers such as Hoyningen-Huene, Irving Penn, Corinne Day, Norman Parkinson, Mario Testino and Nick Knight.
6. “Christian Louboutin”
Created by the French shoe legend himself, this artfully presented monograph highlights the extraordinary range of Louboutin’s craft, from his iconic red-sole heels to his fetishistic pieces created in collaboration with David Lynch. The book also features Louboutin’s biography, photos of the interiors of his homes in Paris and Egypt, and behind-the-scenes shots of his studios and workshops.
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