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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 f 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.


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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 f 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.

54 review for Art Sole: A Spectacular Selection of More Than 150 Fantasy Art Shoes from the Stuart Weitzman Collection

  1. 4 out of 5

    Helga Cohen

    I heard Jane Weitzman speak this past Thursday at a Jewish Federation event. She was the executive vice president Stuart Weitzman shoes. She was also responsible for facilitating philanthropy in the company. Retired from the company after it was sold to the Jones group, she spends most of her time supporting women’s charitable events and especially helping Jews in need all over the world. She is also president of the Jewish Book Council to promote her love of reading and to promote the reading o I heard Jane Weitzman speak this past Thursday at a Jewish Federation event. She was the executive vice president Stuart Weitzman shoes. She was also responsible for facilitating philanthropy in the company. Retired from the company after it was sold to the Jones group, she spends most of her time supporting women’s charitable events and especially helping Jews in need all over the world. She is also president of the Jewish Book Council to promote her love of reading and to promote the reading of Jewish books. She grew up in Atlanta and attended Emory University. Currently she is traveling to regions of the country for the Jewish Federation of North America. Stuart Weitzman sold the company 4 years ago but continues to be a shoe designer and the company has retained its name and image. Jane was responsible for the window displays. She traveled the country seeking artists to make fantasy shoes for the store windows utilizing her husband’s designs. Many of these shoes are part of the book collection in Art & Sole. The shoes are made from a variety of materials used by artists ranging from silver leafs, stained glass, mah jongg tiles, metal mesh and metallic thread and other media. All proceeds of this beautiful book go to the charity of the current event she is attending. This is a beautiful book and is sold to promote great charitable causes Jewish and non-Jewish, namely the National Olympics Committee and Children’s Hospital in Boston, and breast and ovarian cancer and the Jewish causes in support of the Jewish Federation. The fantasy designs are spectacular and must be seen to believe. The book is a work of art with edges faced in gold and is a great coffee table style book. A true labor of love dedicated to her husband Stuart.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Kirton

    Beautiful book. I can't wait to share with my daughter and sister. Some of these I wish I could wear, but others are so far out there. Lots of fun and beauty. I wish I had this in the hardcover instead of the eBook. Some of the headers were out of place with the ebook . Beautiful book. I can't wait to share with my daughter and sister. Some of these I wish I could wear, but others are so far out there. Lots of fun and beauty. I wish I had this in the hardcover instead of the eBook. Some of the headers were out of place with the ebook .

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ligaya

    Little book that showcases what the author considers the best art shoes that were displayed in her husband's NYC retail shop. Fun and quick book to look through with little identifying information of the artists in the back of the book. If you want to know more, you're on your own and good luck! So, very superficial but entertaining and inspirational. Little book that showcases what the author considers the best art shoes that were displayed in her husband's NYC retail shop. Fun and quick book to look through with little identifying information of the artists in the back of the book. If you want to know more, you're on your own and good luck! So, very superficial but entertaining and inspirational.

  4. 4 out of 5

    C

    A very interesting collect of shoes. Really wished that they avoided putting some of the shoes across the crease of the pages.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Katya Bychkova

    As a life long shoe lover, I value two major things when picking out a new pair of pumps or stilettos, the look and practicality. Regardless of what my brain suggests, I adore shoes for the sake of art, and can literally spend hours obsessing about my shoe love. When I learned about the book by Jane Gershon Weitzman called Art & Sole where she collected the best examples of shoes created from highly unique materials, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I desperately needed to see that book! The sc As a life long shoe lover, I value two major things when picking out a new pair of pumps or stilettos, the look and practicality. Regardless of what my brain suggests, I adore shoes for the sake of art, and can literally spend hours obsessing about my shoe love. When I learned about the book by Jane Gershon Weitzman called Art & Sole where she collected the best examples of shoes created from highly unique materials, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I desperately needed to see that book! The scarlet and gold edition of Art & Sole looks as exquisite and luxurious as ready-to-wear creations by Jane’s husband Stewart Weitzman, the renowned shoe designer. The models of shoes collected in Jane’s book were not designed for wearing. Instead, those artifacts were used as a part of “fantasy shoe” window display project for Weitzman’s retail shop on Madison Avenue in the mid-1990s. During the years of research, Jane collected photos of approximately 150 of the most unique shoes you could possibly imagine (think feathers, paper, metal, fresh flowers and even frosting!) that are carefully curated under the hard cover of Art & Sole. In this exclusive interview for the StyleSprinter blog Jane Gershon Weitzman provides a little more detail about her book Art & Sole. Also, she will be giving away a copy of her luxurious table book for one of my readers. Check out this post for details: http://stylesprinter.com/exclusive-ja...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Yaaresse

    A quick, fun book to look at (not much to read in it), but I think perhaps it doesn't really lend itself to e-book format due to the size of most e-reader screens. Still, my rating is based more on content than format and on what was absent rather than a comment on the quality of what was included. I wish there had been more description of how the art was created and displayed in the windows. While there are short bios of the artists in the back (with convenient links back to the larger, clearer A quick, fun book to look at (not much to read in it), but I think perhaps it doesn't really lend itself to e-book format due to the size of most e-reader screens. Still, my rating is based more on content than format and on what was absent rather than a comment on the quality of what was included. I wish there had been more description of how the art was created and displayed in the windows. While there are short bios of the artists in the back (with convenient links back to the larger, clearer photo of their pieces), there's no information about the creating of the specific art pieces. In a collection of only 150 pieces, was it really best use of space to show nine of Steele's corrugated collection? They're great, but they are much alike, and I think including so many in so small a collection may have detracted from their appeal. Sure, there are even more (ten) of Robert Tabor's works, but they are very different from each other. And you really can't have the Toto shoe and NOT show the Cowardly Lion or Tinman; however, they could have been shown as a collection. (The Tabor red wagon and Toto shoes may be my favorite ones in the book.) Fun, fast, fanciful, but it really is merely a five minute "look at" book. I'd love to see someone take the basic idea and expand on it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    The physical book has a look of high quality to it -- the cover is a red material embellished with a fancy shoe on the front (featured on page 19 of the book). The pages have a gold edging, which makes the book look expensive, and it comes with a red ribbon bookmark attached to it. It's definitely a coffee-table, browsing type of book. Although there's an introduction, there is very little to "read." The pictures of the shoes are only accompanied by the title of the work, although there is a sect The physical book has a look of high quality to it -- the cover is a red material embellished with a fancy shoe on the front (featured on page 19 of the book). The pages have a gold edging, which makes the book look expensive, and it comes with a red ribbon bookmark attached to it. It's definitely a coffee-table, browsing type of book. Although there's an introduction, there is very little to "read." The pictures of the shoes are only accompanied by the title of the work, although there is a section in the back with the artists' bios. The shoes themselves are fantasy creations (unwearable), selected from thousands that were displayed over the years in the Madison Avenue boutique of Stuart Weitzman. It's not a book to read - it's a book to view. For the right person (the shoe lover, the fashion lover, the art lover), it would make a good gift or coffee table book. While I prefer books with more substance (tell me more about how the artist came up with the design), I can't really fault this book as it achieved exactly what it set out to do: it's a photographic showcase of fantasy art shoes from the Stuart Weitzman Collection. **Received free through Goodreads First Reads**

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elisabeth Hosmer

    Art & Sole is the perfect mini coffee table book for any shoe lover. The book is a collection of colorful photographs and prints of shoes as art. The book opens with a lovely introduction from the author Jane Gershon Weitzman, wife of the famous shoe mogul, Stuart Weitzman, and then opens to a gorgeous platform heel made of flowers. Shoes have inspired art throughout the years and are often considered a work of art themselves, especially to the shoe lover like myself. I am honestly so thrilled t Art & Sole is the perfect mini coffee table book for any shoe lover. The book is a collection of colorful photographs and prints of shoes as art. The book opens with a lovely introduction from the author Jane Gershon Weitzman, wife of the famous shoe mogul, Stuart Weitzman, and then opens to a gorgeous platform heel made of flowers. Shoes have inspired art throughout the years and are often considered a work of art themselves, especially to the shoe lover like myself. I am honestly so thrilled to add this book to my coffee table. It is truly a representation of one of my passions, shoes.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Shelby

    This book was interesting. It was fun to look at shoes made from (or into) interesting objects. However, it could be better. I think the book would be much better if the pictures included the whole window displays instead of out of context art. And yes, it was fun to flip through the shoes, but once I did that, I was done with the book. None of the art really made a lasting impact, or made me think. It was okay, but I know it could be improved.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kalli Taub

    Lady was weird! Told her I spent my summers at blue ridge with a ton of Atlanta people and she told me that she hates conservative Judaism. Wanted to tell her I'm a USY poster child. Glad I left the event buying this terrible book. Unreal. Seriously- she slammed an entire movement of people, 40% of her audience belongs to the Shul she decried. Lady was weird! Told her I spent my summers at blue ridge with a ton of Atlanta people and she told me that she hates conservative Judaism. Wanted to tell her I'm a USY poster child. Glad I left the event buying this terrible book. Unreal. Seriously- she slammed an entire movement of people, 40% of her audience belongs to the Shul she decried.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    The pictures were great and fun to look at. I just wish that there was more about the artists and the construction of the shoes. There was only a paragraph on each of the artists and no info on the construction, ideas, and inspiration of the individual shoes. The book was very visually appealing but was nothing more than pretty pictures

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Buike

    Loved this compilation of fantastical art shoes! Great book to have on your coffee table if you are "artsy fartsy." My only complaint is that I think it could have been put together in a more cohesive order - but that might be the OCD in me. Overall very pretty eye candy! Loved this compilation of fantastical art shoes! Great book to have on your coffee table if you are "artsy fartsy." My only complaint is that I think it could have been put together in a more cohesive order - but that might be the OCD in me. Overall very pretty eye candy!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    What a wonderful photo book of the famous Stuart Weitzman shoes in the window! Beautifully photographed, beautifully bound, this book is a must-have for fashionable art-lovers. Shoes make the outfit. Art & Sole makes you smile. And ooooh. And aaaahhh. Loved it!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Suzy Blazak

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tony Gamez

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    Verity

  18. 5 out of 5

    Isabel Ojeda

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Oppedisano

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shanidar

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carina

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amanda (Books, Life and Everything Nice)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sofia

  25. 5 out of 5

    Yusha

  26. 4 out of 5

    Linda

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ida

  28. 5 out of 5

    Frederick Rotzien

  29. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Lavender

  30. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn Maroon

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    Bettye Short

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    Claire

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    R. Thomas

  38. 4 out of 5

    Diana Senn

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    Cindy Gates

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    Brit Thorton

  41. 4 out of 5

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    Terri Broome

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    Kim McHughes

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    Carol Swaim

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    Max

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    Susan Espourteille

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    Tammy Flores

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