The world-renowned Victoria and Albert Museum in London is hosting the event "Shoes: Pleasure and Pain." 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.
For more information about this exhibition, please visit the website of the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Wedding toe-knob paduka Silver and gold over wood India, 1800s V&A:
Pale-blue shoes, photographed on the mantelpiece in The Norfolk House Music Room, the British Galleries at the V&A, London, 2014 Silk satin with silver lace and braid England, 1750s V&A:
Chopines, photographed in the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries at the V&A, London, 2014, Punched kid leather over carved pine, Venice, Italy, c.1600 V&A:
Coxton Shoe Co. Ltd (active in early 20th century), Men’s shoes Gilded and marbled leather Northamptonshire, England, c.1925 V&A:
Roger Vivier (1907—98) for Christian Dior (1905—57) Evening shoes Beaded silk and leather France, 1958—60 V&A:
Pairs of shoes for bound feet Embroidered silk and cotton over wood China, late 1800s V&A:
Two-teethed geta, About 1920, Japan, Lacquered wood, silk, rabbit fur, grass and metal, V&A:
Caroline Groves (b.1959) ‘Parakeet’ shoes Leather, silk satin, solid silver talons and heel tips, and feathers England, 2014: