Most of us have experienced the pleasure of buying a pair of stylish shoes, closely following by the pain of wearing them for the first time. There’s an exhibition exploring that theme, currently showing at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, that I can’t wait to see.
It includes around 200 pairs of shoes from around the world, from an early Egyptian gold leaf sandal to current developments in technology allowing for even higher heels and elaborate designs. The exhibition also considers the significance of footwear throughout history, such as impractical shoes symbolizing that the wearer didn’t have to work—the two-toothed wooden-soled geta from 1920s Japan look impossible to stand in, never mind walk. Some of the shoes also highlight footwear’s role in the art of seduction, such as Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s spiky shoes from 1974.
For anyone who loves footwear and fashion, this exhibition is a must see.
Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, V&A, through January 31, 2016