The Mystique of Women’s Footwear

Sunday, November 3
1 – 3pm
Community Center

Shoes and the Stories They Tell” is the title of an illustrated presentation by designer and author Linda O’Keeffe. The program is free and open to the public.

O’Keeffe presented her program in June to rave reviews for the New Canaan Museum and Historical Society, where the town’s shoe industry is at the heart of the Museum’s clothing and textile collection, housing nearly 400 shoes. “Linda proposed a similar program for her hometown library, and we are delighted at the idea,” said Library program manager Diane DeChillo.

Linda O’Keeffe was creative director for Metropolitan Home for 16 years and currently writes for a variety of magazines. Her book, “Shoes,” now in its 25th edition has been translated into several languages. In her talk, Linda will discuss footwear in a historic, political and personal context, citing examples from literature and myth. We’ll learn about the variations of the Cinderella story that dates back to ancient Egyptian times, the particular mystery and magical powers of red shoes, the history of high heels, and much more.

As a special feature of the program, attendees are invited to bring in a shoe that has special meaning to them to share at the talk.

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