Twinkle Toes: Bookish Shoes for Literary Feet

While we at the Riot take some time off to rest and catch up on our reading, we’re re-running some of our favorite posts from the last several months. Enjoy our highlight reel, and we’ll be back with new stuff on Monday, January 5th.

This post originally ran July 21, 2014.

Make all the “Fetish” jokes you want, but we here at the Riot HQ have a thing for bookish shoes. Heels, flats, sandals, sneakers…you name ’em, if they’ve got a literary twist, we’ll wear ’em. Some of these have been featured in past Book Fetish articles, but there are some new kicks here as well.

For the writers out there, some spare pages for you:

notepaper shoes

Notebook Paper Canvas Shoes



composition notebook shoes

Composition Notebook Maryjanes

Pulp lovers – comics and newspapers alike – have plenty of choices to decorate their stems. There are some great DIY instructions on the bookternet if you want to create a custom pair.

Archie Shoes

Betty and Veronica Pumps

Marvel Comic Book Boots

Marvel Combat Boots

newspaper pump

Newspaper Print Pumps

comic booties

BAM Booties

Comic Converse

DIY Comics Converse Sneakers

Of course the single-theme shoes are a must for a list like this.

Harry Potter shoes are so hot right now.


Mischief Managed Toms


Golden Snitch Sandals

And for all those other fandoms:

doctor who high heels

DIY Doctor Who Heels


Alice in Wonderland Flats

Little Prince Shoes

Little Prince Pumps

Romance Heels

Romance Cover Platforms

And there are those shoes that are all about the written word:


Modge Podge Print Pumps



Oscar Niemeyer for Converse Sneakers



 Classic Dictionary Toms


The Story Shoe Wedges (from a Riot Reader who made these herself)

book boots

 HoBo Boots by paper artist Cecilia Levy

Sherlock Shoes

Sherlock Holmes Flats

Lastly, there are those shoes that are all about the books themselves.

Book Spine heels

Book Spine Heels

Bookbinder Heels

Bookbinder Heels

And New Balance’s Author Collection throws a head nod to those writers you love without being totally obvious about it.


Author Collection Sneakers



Get four of the best books of the year, plus four awesome bookish goodies in our exclusive Best of 2014 Box! Order yours now at the Book Riot Store.

best of book riot box

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