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Rachelle Bergstein is a writer and editor whose first book, Women from the Ankle Down: The Story of Shoes and How They Define Us (HarperCollins, 2012) was called “wickedly provocative” by Kirkus, “fleet-footed” by the New York Times, and was named one of Janet Maslin’s top beach reads of Summer 2012. Her second book, Brilliance and Fire: A Biography of Diamonds (HarperCollins, 2016) was called “exhilarating” by the Wall Street Journal, was picked as one of Amazon’s top nonfiction titles of the month, and was featured in best-of summer lists at Harper’s Bazaar and The Knot. A retail contributor at, Bergstein has also published fiction and nonfiction in New York Times/Well Family, The New York Post, Racked, The Awl, Slice, Bloomberg View,WSJ Speakeasy, Slate DoubleX, HelloGiggles, among others. She has appeared on NPR’s Weekend Edition and Marketplace, and has been interviewed for WSJ Lunch Break and Yahoo Finance.  In 2012, she traveled the country giving presentations on the subject of women and shoes.  She worked in book publishing for over a decade and lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with her husband and their son.


9 Responses to “Bio”

  1. Marilyn Newman September 21, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    Loved the book. BUT, nothing about the White Bucks that the college guys wore in the 50’s with their handy white powder packets to keep them clean. And how about Andy Warhol’s first ad campaign for I Miller Shoes??

    • saucylittledish September 21, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

      Thanks for reading, Marilyn — so glad you enjoyed it. Unfortunately, not everything could make the cut but yes, those are great shoe moments!

  2. Chris Novak March 30, 2015 at 11:48 pm #

    Just finished your book and loved it. Smartly written and full of wonderful history (much of which I lived). Many of us baby boomers now prioritize comfort, but we still want at least some style (NO SAS please). I predict a new industry design will crop up to satisfy us old-timers. After all, 60s is the new 40s.

    • Rachelle Bergstein March 31, 2015 at 12:59 pm #

      Thanks so much, Chris — both for reading and for taking the time to pass on your very kind thoughts. I hope you’re right about a future where designers prioritize style AND comfort. We should all be taking care of our feet. I have to remind myself often!

  3. Julia Celorio March 1, 2016 at 11:34 pm #

    Loved the book!! =) The end of your acknowledgment was perfect.

    • Rachelle Bergstein March 2, 2016 at 1:35 pm #

      Thanks so much, Julia! xx

  4. dominique May 24, 2016 at 7:51 am #

    Hi Rachelle- writing my second book on feminism related issues and an incident of my being drawn to red shoes and came across your article and you ! Interesting stuff you write about so following you!

    • Rachelle Bergstein May 24, 2016 at 11:18 am #

      Thanks for saying hi, Niki! Just read about your book — I have an eight-month old (my first)…I can relate! Following you on twitter now.

      • dominique May 25, 2016 at 1:39 pm #

        How fab – thank you !x

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