Vogue, March 2009

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Worn Through review, April 2009


“Before MANOLO BLAHNIK, there was the cutting-edge shoe designer BETH LEVINE (1914-2006) Stockinged boots that extended into a wrapped bodysuit, slides lined in Astroturf, and driving pumps in the form of cars-all were part of her rich vocabulary, being celebrated in BETH LEVINE SHOES, by HELENE VERIN.”
-Andre Leon Talley, VOGUE April 2009


Beth Levine Shoes by Helene Verin. Widely hailed as the ‘First Lady of American Shoe Design’, Beth worked under her husband’s label to create some of the most innovative and popular shoes of the 60′ and 70’s, including Nancy Sinatra’s boots that walked all over you in her hit single, These Boots Are Made for Walkin’.
-Callie Watts, BUST.com


“The late shoe designer Beth Levine once said, “In troubled times you equate shoes with security. The feeling of something good on your feet bolsters your sense of well-being.” For many in the industry, those words could not ring truer today. So it seems appropriate that a new book about the footwear designer, titled “Beth Levine Shoes,” will be published this April by Stewart, Tabori & Chang. Authored by Fashion Institute of Technology professor Helene Verin, the coffee-table tome chronicles Levine’s life between 1948 and 1975, when she made her legendary shoes in New York under the Herbert Levine label. Known for elevating boots to high fashion and shoeing first ladies and film stars, the designer was just as notorious for her firecracker personality. Verin’s biography is peppered with the Levine’s signature witticisms and photographs of her designs. The book will retail for $35 and be available wherever fine books are sold.”

—Footwear News, Meghan Cass


" Not since Crime and Punishment has there been a more important tome. This will do for shoes what the Bible did for Jesus."
-Kenneth Robins

'I knew the name but not much about the woman, so when the book "Beth Levine Shoes” landed on my desk, I quickly flipped the pages, reading the quotes and staring at the shoes, so intricate, creative and whimsical… The book offers insight into arguably the most influential American shoe designer of the 20th century. The pictures alone are worth the $35 price.'

-Linda Miller, The OKLAHOMAN, 3/29/2009

“Once upon a time before Louboutin, there was Beth Levine. I'd never heard of her either, and then this book sailed over the cubicle divider. It's called, ingeniously, Beth Levine Shoes. Uninspired, I cracked it. Behold! My newest, most impossible desire. If you can find me a pair of these on eBay, I'll give you my firstborn.”


“Helene Verin has managed to gather samplings of Beth Levine's innovative and inspired designs and create a book that is equal to a Levine masterpiece. I was a close friend of Beth's and through her and the Bata Shoe Museum collection I thought I had a pretty good sense of the beauty of Beth's work. Helene's collection of stories and photographs has completely awed me and I now see the complete story and the utter talent of this wonderful woman. It is easy to say that if you love shoes you will love this book - but that doesn't even come close.”
-Nancy Pollock


“Speaking of the one and only Helene Verin, you can pre-order her new outstanding book Beth Levine Shoes from Amazon.com by clicking that link.