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The late shoe designer Beth Levine once said, “In troubled times you equate shoes with security. The feeling of something good on your feet bolsters your sense of well-being.” For many in the industry, those words could not ring truer today. So it seems appropriate that a new book about the footwear designer, titled “Beth Levine Shoes,” will be published this April by Stewart, Tabori & Chang. Authored by Fashion Institute of Technology professor Helene Verin, the coffee-table tome chronicles Levine’s life between 1948 and 1975, when she made her legendary shoes in New York under the Herbert Levine label. Known for elevating boots to high fashion and shoeing first ladies and film stars, the designer was just as notorious for her firecracker personality. Verin’s biography is peppered with the Levine’s signature witticisms and photographs of her designs. The book will retail for $35 and be available wherever fine books are sold.