Monday, May 5, 2014

Art & Sole Book Review

I have a rather unusual book to share with you that is not so much for reading as it is for something that you put on your coffee table to dress it up or give a visitor something interesting and different to look through. The book is Art & Sole by Jane Gershon Weitzman.
A Spectacular Selection of More Than 150 Fantasy Art Shoes from the Stuart Weitzman Collection. 
When Stuart Weitzman opened its first boutique on Madison Avenue, its displays of specially commissioned fantasy shoes quickly became a destination, drawing crowds form all over the world to its magical windows. The best of this carefully curated collection is on display in book form for the first time in this unique gift volume, where these imaginative creations are presented in vivid detail.  
With its inventive and beautifully crafted footwear in a vast range of materials—from watercolor paper to playing cards, from fresh flowers to frosting—this stunning showcase where fashion and fantasy meet will thrill shoe and art lovers alike.
The book itself is a hardback book that is covered in a really nice canvas like material that is nice to the touch with this shoe image that feels like it was stuck on there so that it sticks out just a tad. The book is filled with all of these stunning shoes that have been created and put on display. I have no idea where some of the idea's came from but they are definitely interesting.

Take a look and see what I mean:

There is no explanation of why these were made so I can't really say what the motive was behind these shoes. I think they came from about 33 different artists commissioned to produce non-functional art shoes for the Stuart Weitzman windows. There are 200 pages of these pictures of shoes (which is about 150 shoes) and I would bet that somewhere in there you might find a pair that appeals to you. Some are a little far out there like the one above that has white roses and a fence at the toe part. I bet that shoe would be really hard to wear! But, these are just art forms, so try to look at them that way when studying them.
If you are a shoe lover, this book will appeal to you because you can live out a fantasy of having something that no one else has or dares to even think of!
You can purchase your copy on Amazon.
About the Author:
Jane Weitzman was the executive vice president of Stuart Weitzman and the first vice president of Stuart Weitzman retail.  She spearheaded philanthropy for the company by generating funds to support breast and ovarian cancer research and awareness. Her efforts were brought to life through innovative charity events on its website, such as the Stuart Weitzman Celebrity Breast Cancer Shoe Auction, and at the brand's retail stores. She serves on the Trust Board of Boston Children’s Hospital.
Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.