We had an expert in the field read this book -- and he reports as follows:- ""This book endeavors to give a history of the fashions in footwear from the earliest times to the present day. Throughout its pages there are references to contemporary processes of leather making and shoe making plus references to styles and fashions in leg coverings as well. It is exceedingly elementary and superficial in its entire content and makes no pretense of writing with any degree of authority on the subject. It has many inaccuracies, not the least of which has to do with the contemporary shoe- production figures, and other facts which should have been readily available to the most casual investigator. The book possesses neither interest nor value to the trade; those reading it for interest- presumably- in history of costume -- will bog down in the lack of spark in style as well as content. Its sole value lies in the assemblage between covers of general information on the subject which a student doing a theme might need. ""That doesn't leave much margin for enthusiasm-but the fact remains, that in a series which has made a place for itself, this will probably be added on the reputation of the others, and the illustrations which add considerable value. Public Libraries, chiefly.