High Heel Heaven, Bowie and Titchmarsh


BOOK-JACKETShoes – seductive, glamorous high heels that turn heads, instill confidence and distinguish status. From Luxe to Vintage and Classic to tribal there is literally a shoe to fit every sole and my new glossy hard back book ‘High Heel Heaven’ is a must-own for every shoe aficionado who has a passion for sky high stilettos.

They inject glamour, femininity and sex appeal to any ensemble and this invaluable guide will highlight some of the most exquisite examples of stilettos you could ever be tempted to wear. Beginning with the history of shoes,I explore the origins of the high heel, explaining how it has evolved to become the most desirable of all footwear. Quirky facts, famous quotes and interesting anecdotes are interspersed throughout the pages illustrated with images of gorgeous shoes that are guaranteed to capture the heart of every shoe lover. A stunning book that is sure to seek out your inner shoe fetish as it offers something for every sole.

Did you know?  In the 1930s, American machinist Henry Ruschmann invented a technique for cutting up large quantities of different coloured plastics which resulted in him establishing a glitter factory and his slogan was ‘Our glitter covers the world.’

Within the pages are highlighted already well established designers such as Vivienne Westwod, Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo as well as showcasing groundbreaking designs from the new breed of shoe makers which include the elaborate heels from Milly J’s, funky quirky Irregular Choice and Dan Sullivan collections. There are also beautiful mystical celebrations of footwear from  American psychic shoemaker Lloraine Neithardt.

Discover a brief historic history of shoes and then travel through the 20th century before embarking on a world of exquisite up to date modern examples that all will make you gasp with joy taking you into that fabulous world of high heel heaven and that is exactly what the audience did on the ITV Alan Titchmarsh show……


photo-10A real honor to be able to present an item on the history of shoes and at the same time promote my book on the show last week. The stage was set with countless pairs of shoes dating from the 18th Century through to modern day and I was happy to wax lyrical about a subject I adore. Included were a rather amazing pair of original 1970s Terry De Havilland gold Bowie boots which were made using Terry’s first lasts. This particular pair were made for the Bowie collaboration with photographer Mick Rock and the boots featured images of Mick’s work.  I was also kindly loaned a pair of 1974 Lunar Shoes from Terry De Havilland archive collection which were worn by all the Glam Rock Star’s wives during this explosively extrovert decade. All of the other shoes were kindly loaned by Southend Museums www.southendmuseums.co.uk and the curator Claire Hunt came along to ensure they were presented with care. A rare pair of blue Damask 1750 heels, Edwardian bridal shoes, Victorian cream kid straight (boots) and 1920s python skin ‘Age of Jazz’ Flapper heels all made up the extensive collection that the museum allowed us to show.

In 2012 a pair of Marie Antoinette’s shoes came up for sale in an auction of ‘French Revolution era Artifacts’ in Toulon. The heels, size 3.5, were in remarkably good condition, with only some fading to the ribbon, and made 14 times their estimate, selling for over $50,000.

An added bonus for me (as I love Irregular Choice heels) was that I finally met with Dan Sullivan, the brains and talent behind the successful brand. He showed us how a shoe was made from beginning to end and of course had a collection of his own kooky designs with him. True art in the form of a shoe, both Irregular Choice and the more exclusive Dan Sullivan collections of heels are desirable the world over with women who want to be make a style statement with their choice of footwear.  www.irregularchoice.com I couldn’t not mention my thoughts on what shoes you should be buying now for the possibility of future fashion collectable investment. Enter center stage my two gorgeous shoe models, my cousin Angela Hubbard in a pair of Jimmy Choo for H&M bling zebra heels which were originally priced at £79.99 and now cost around £125 to buy and my best friend’s daughter Stephanie Barrett in a luxe pair of purple cut out wedge heel Christian Dior. Both girls were amazing considering they had never walked down a catwalk before let alone live on TV with an audience. They both modeled my shoes beautiful – and of course I was wearing a pair of sky high bling encrusted Anna Dello Russo for H&M heels – well it would of been rude not to!


A fantastic time was had by all in fact it was the perfect Girls Day Out as we were surrounded by some of the most amazing pair of heels a girl could ever wish for.


  •  Buy heels that are only available for a short period of time such as designer H&M collaborations.
  • The more kooky and quirky the better.
  • Invest in classic designer offerings such as Westwood bondage/pirate boots, YSL Tribute shoe.
  • Embellishment rocks and those heels covered will always stand the test of time.
  • Be individual by commissioning one off outlandish pairs from fresh new exciting designers.
  • Buy vintage shoes evocative of an era like the 1920s Mary Jane or 1970s Glam Rock boot.
  • Always keep your shoes out of direct sunlight and in their box and dustbag.

High Heel Heaven by Tracy Martin

Hardcover: 128 pages

Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small

Language: English

ISBN- 978-1849754446

Photography by : Terry Benson



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