The first title in the ‘compacts’ collection, chunky books, almost square, perfect for big full page photos that treat the subject in detail, devoted to the world of ‘trainers’, those sports shoes whose only sporting feature is the adjective we use to describe them, while the manufacturers (from Nike to Prada !) adorn them with colour, new materials, shapes, technological gadgets that get crazier and crazier, all the things that make the pair you’re wearing obsolete as soon as you put them on. Everyone is wearing them now - Converse, Adidas, Reebok, Asics, New Balance - in town, in the office, at the weekend. Here, we discover a brightly coloured and infinitely varied universe through the ingenuity of the camera; the shoes have been photographed like top models ; set up in a studio! A historical text, brimming over with information, from a a specialised journalist (Zurban) gives this first in the ‘compacts’ collection a big plus.