Made for Walking was (and is) a blog about the history of women’s fashion boots from the early twentieth century until today. It’s also the title of a book, published by Schiffer in 2018, which tells the story of the boot as women’s fashion moves from boots’ origins in the ancient world to Prohibition to online shopping and fashion blogs. Going beyond design, it reveals the role of social history, culture, and media in the development of the boot.

My name is Andy Peake and I’m a writer and museum curator. I was born in London in the middle years of the 1960s, graduated from the University of Oxford and I’ve worked for a number of major museums. I now live with my family in New England. BTW, in case you were wondering, Andy Peake is a nom-de-plume.

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  1. Andy, I just wanted to let you know what a delight it has been to be ‘re-connected’ with the Elliotts world that I thought was long gone, and to thank you for raising it in your blog in the first place, enabling so many people to add our little bits to the story. Very much appreciated. Best regards, Simon

    1. I’m delighted that I was able to help. Not only was Elliotts a very important company in the history of British footwear, but it plainly inspired great loyalty in the people that worked there, which is still visible half a century later. You and your family have a lot to be proud of

  2. can you do a comprehensive study of boots on television focusing on 70’s tv shows such as three’s company, charlies angels, wonder woman, one day at a time, etc.

  3. That really is Bruce’s thing, and he’s extremely good at it. But it’s possible I may touch on seventies TV at some point… got a bunch of stuff that’s backed up and needs dealing with first.

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