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.

232Brogued Oxfords, 1989, London, New & Lingwood Ltd, Leather, Given by New & Lingwood Ltd

The picture above is my favorite exhibit. I watched the video about the process of shoes making. And I took a liking of handmade immediately. Shoes are commodities and collectibles. The luxurious and impractical shoes that clearly signal privilege and status have long been objects of desire. Today, a pair of shoes by Jimmy Choo or Prada is a more coveted possession than any other item of clothing. Spending large amounts of money on a pair of shoes is pleasurable because it is excessive. From the designer shoe lover to the trainer enthusiast, footwear obsessives do not acquire shoes for their value as assets or investments. Shoes are collected for the pleasure of possessing, because of the beauty of shoes and sometimes for the memories and associations that go with them.

This is the reference of the video.

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/shoes-pleasure-and-pain/foster-and-son/ [Accessed 20 October 2015]

 Below are the pictures of exhibition.

WeChat_1445757959‘One shoe can change your life.’    Cinderella











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