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// Shoes: Culture and History

vivienne westwood

How apropos, National Geographic September's edition has a feature article on the world of shoes. As writer Cathy Newman says in the intro to her story: "Every shoe tells a story. Shoes speak of status, gender (usually), ethnicity, religion, profession, and politics (the Russian writer Maxim Gorky said a strong pair of boots "will be of greater service for the ultimate triumph of socialism than . . . black eyes"). Last, far from least, they can be drop-dead gorgeous." Too bad they missed the opportunity to make the connection with St. Crispin's Day next month.

Check out the full story entitled: Every Shoe Tells a Story

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