I want those shoes!

Paola Jacobbi


This book talks about the world of shoes, his differents models, the fashion and his history with a close and funny text.

About author

Paola Jacobbi is a journalist and special correspondent for Italian Vanity Fair. She lives in Milan.

She also wrote: "You know who I am" and "Crazy for bags! Why women are not enough pockets". Her books speak mainly two issues: women and fashion.

She writes with humor and knows that scene, any woman can read her books and feel at some point identified.

You can also read his posts on VanityFair which shows her point of view on fashion trends, shows, new movies and personal stories.

  • This video is about an interview of her last book "Crazy for bags! Why women are not enough pockets"

What bags narrate. interview Paola Jacobbi.

My book review

This book has 22 chapters in which each speaks a different kind of shoes.

"The ballerina flat and the illusion of being eternal Audrey", "Sandal, your name is scandal" "The mysterious magic of red shoes" are some of the chapters to be found in this book and give clues about the shoe that will speak.

Each chapter is the story about that kind of shoe, the writer uses fun facts that help to know history of the shoe, and about the person who puts it on.

For example when she talks about the athletic shoes she named the Keds brand as the first brand that made a massive product, names Nike as a brand that had great success in the 90's, and the famous ASICS with the model "Tigers otnisuka", which appears in the film Kill Bill. Finally she talks about the movie Working girl where Melanie Griffith appears coming to work with sneakers and once in office replacing them with a traditional heels. Something that all women have done and felt identified with Melanie looking for walking comfort and beauty to be admired at work.

The chapter Woman in boots explain as only the men wore them to work or to fish and women began to carry on mid-nineteenth century for riding. But in the 1960's appeared the miniskirt, the freedom of women and their boots, for example Jane Fonda appears in the film Barbarella as a sex symbol with her ​​boots and bare legs. At present the writer thinks that the boots can carry for all type of woman hiding her ugly legs and feel comfortable.

Reading the book I felt identified with many chapters but especially with The unconscious and Louis heel by this fragment:

"A "Louis woman" is someone who, on entering a shop, invariably replies to the assistant's query of "How can I help you?" with " I'm looking for something a little bit different." The "Louis woman" has a drawer full of poems, paints watercolors, and plays an instrument. Or at least she'd like to do all of these things."