In My Shoes: A Memoir by Tamara Mellon

Stars: 4 of 5

In My Shoes is my business book for Read Harder 2019’s task 17. I wasn’t sure if it had to be a book about how to run a business, but this one does that too. This is Mellon’s memoir of her time at Jimmy Choo. I had no idea what all went into building a business of this kind but I can’t even imagine all that. Not only did Mellon deal with a lot in her professional life, but in her personal life too during that time.

There are stories from before Jimmy Choo, but they aren’t the focus of the memory. They serve to support the development of different talents or habits that Mellon had that either helped or hurt for the duration of the book. That goes for stories of Mellon’s personal life too. It’s hard to seperate personal and professional sometimes, but the personal stories mostly serve to explain a mindset or a problem that overlapped.

As a memoir of business, it was interesting to read about her struggles to stand up for herself and listen to her own instincts. It’s an important message for women who go into business because of all the rest of everything that goes into the ways we are overrun or silenced. Mellon had a lot of stamina and a lot of drive and ambition. I can’t imagine creating a brand like Jimmy Choo and then dealing with all the mess that came after it was a success.

In My Shoes is a great memoir in general, especially for people like me who enjoy women’s memoir. I thought it was a great business book because of the way she describes building Jimmy Choo and the power plays that she had to deal with. Anyone looking for task 17 still should consider this book! Click here to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

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