SOLE FOOD: THE ART OF THE HEAVENLY HEEL

They say that behind every great man is a great woman and when it comes to Jane Gershon Weitzman they would be correct. Wife of luxury shoe designer Stuart Weitzman, Jane was Executive Vice President of the Stuart Weitzman brand and its first Vice President of Retail. The former Atlanta native helped pave the way for one of the footwear industry’s most successful footwear and accessory brands.

When Stuart Weitzman opened its first boutique on Madison Avenue in New York City, it was Jane who was enlisted with the task of making the store a destination; a beacon for lovers of design and footwear.

It was during the mid 1980s, as she was traipsing through various art studios to create a new advertising campaign, that the idea to create a mini-gallery of shoe art first began to take shape.

Over the next decade and beyond, Jane commissioned more than 1,000 art shoes that graced the windows of Weitzman’s stores—becoming a traveling exhibition that was displayed in stores around the world. Each, drawing crowds amazed by their creativity and craftsmanship.

For the first time, a curated selection of more than 150 fantasy art shoes from the Stuart Weitzman Collection is compiled in Art & Sole (Harper Design). Photographed by Lucas Zarebinski, this delightful book is a testament to the creativity of its designers and the vision of a brand which has never been afraid to stand out from the crowd. For lovers or art and sole, it’s the kind of gift you give those whose love of heavenly heels shows no bounds. — JULIA STUART