"[A] thought-provoking meditation on what it means to move through the world as a woman...Powerful enough to completely change your world view." —Refinery29


“In 150 little essays, Brennan goes at it with poetry, literary references, myth, the psychopathology of rape, fairy tales, politics, and fashion history. All is brought off so beautifully that you can’t help reading.” —Philadelphia Inquirer


“Combining brilliant writing with extensive research, [High Heel] delivers an entertaining read...” —Paste Magazine


"From Cinderella's glass slippers to Carrie Bradshaw's Manolo Blahniks, Summer Brennan deftly analyzes one of the world's most provocative and sexualized fashion accessories..." —Longreads


"Brennan resists giving way to easy judgments on either side. She's inhabiting the same space as so-called "bad feminist" Roxane Gay, interrogating both sides of the high heel dilemma and refusing to declare a winner...The lovely cadences stack up like so many sand castles that sift iconic examples of high heels into a finely grained pile of pros and cons that each reader will sift through quite differently...Whether you're for them or against them, the radical uncertainty of Brennan's take on high heels is worth reflection." —Pop Matters


"High Heel is a glowing showcase of what it means to be a woman, in every historical, political, and publicly consumed meaning of the word... So much of High Heel feels like it has been presented in an act of kismet... proof that we had not experienced any of these events in our life alone." —The Attic on Eighth