Exhibition: Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

What:  Shoes: Pleasure and Pain 

Where: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

When: 13 June 2015 – 31 January 2016

“This exhibition looks at the extremes of footwear from around the globe, presenting around 200 pairs of shoes ranging from a sandal decorated in pure gold leaf originating from ancient Egypt to the most elaborate designs by contemporary makers. It considers the cultural significance and transformative capacity of shoes and examines the latest developments in footwear technology creating the possibility of ever higher heels and dramatic shapes. Examples from famous shoe wearers and collectors are shown alongside a dazzling range of historic shoes, many of which have not been displayed before.”

Can’t make it to London for the show? Check out the exhibition website which features articles, videos, an interactive shoes timeline and an animation “Cinderella’s Shoes.”

pair of chopines
Pair of chopines , Spain, 1580-1620
Evening shoes
Pair of evening shoes, Roger Vivier, 1958-1960
pair of geta
Pair of geta, Japan, 1920
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