Penned in the 1800s, this book stands as a pinnacle in preserving the flame of understanding foot function and the significance of our shoe shape. Despite its small size, the impact it made during its time was enormous, making it one of our all-time favourites! At MFF HQ, we proudly hold an original copy of this influential book!
Motivated by their role as an anatomy teacher and a keen observer of foot deformities caused by ill-fitting shoes, the author decided to delve deeper into the subject. The initial paper stirred interest, leading to requests for a more comprehensive exploration. Despite some hesitation, the author recognised the importance of the topic and took inspiration from renowned anatomists like Peter Camper and Sommering.
This is a precursor to a detailed examination of footwear issues affecting everyone. Unlike Sommering's focus on women's stays, the universal relevance of the shoe problem is emphasised. The author hopes their proposed solutions for elegant yet practical footwear will gain more traction than earlier attempts, especially considering the impractical suggestions made by Peter Camper in the last century.
In essence, the preface sets the stage for a thought-provoking journey into the world of footwear, promising practical insights and solutions to long-standing problems.