Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author & Photographer: Eric LaPrice
Publisher: Booker Press
“In photographer Eric LaPrice’s Best Foot Forward, he’s gone feet first portraying women’s feet from the most alluring to the basic. He shows us that feet can be expressive of the person they belong to – perhaps even more so than a portrait,” states the jacket cover of this coffee table book.
Focusing on specific topics such as high heels, pumps, sandals, toe rings, anklets, pedicures, tattoos, and naked feet, there are small to full page photographs of only females’ feet, each listed with the person’s first name. From casual to glamorous, thin and narrow to wide or high arched, tanned, painted, jeweled, and shapely are shown.
In addition to the detailed illustrations, inserted paragraphs in each chapter are enlightening, interesting, and engaging. Here are some quoted tidbits per section of uncommon notes:
Over Heels: “In 1791, Napoleon banished high heels in attempt to
Something’s Afoot: “Due to women wearing long skirts that covered their footwear, it was generally less extravagantly decorated than men’s footwear.”
Footloose and Fancy Free: “The oldest known sandals (or shoes for that matter) were found in 1938 in Fort Rock Cave in Oregon.”
Toe the Line: “It is more comfortable to wear stacked narrow toe rings than a single wide toe ring.”
Charmed, My Foot: “Bobbysoxers wore anklets to enhance the appearance of their white socks.”
On Your Toes: “Did you know Quentin Tarantino generally features a pair of beautiful bare feet in his movies?”
Take a Walk on the Wild Side: “In 2011, even a Barbie doll sported a tattoo.”
The Naked Truth: “The widespread belief in the United States that there are laws that prohibit driving barefoot has been debunked as an urban legend.”
Even if the reader does not have a fetish for the foot, this compilation of photographs and written facts makes an interesting conversational tabletop book once the reader opens the cover.
Thanks to To Press and Beyond for furnishing this book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s opinions.