To the male fashionista, men s shoes are cult objects. No garment available for men is similarly coveted, lovingly cared for, and comparatively dearly bought by its devotees. But even committed shoe fans often lack the broad knowledge. Consequently, a book about shoes should not only deal with the aesthetic side but also offer a wealth of informationon materials and styles, brands and manufacturers, models and their makers. Bernhard Roetzel s A Guy s Guide to Shoes conveys competence and knowledge, discusses trends and history, and depicts fashion and style."