Shoes: Pleasure And Pain at the Victoria and Albert Museum


‘Parakeet’ Shoes Caroline Groves (b.1959). Photo: Dan Lowe Pinterest


Delve into a world of beauty and suffering at the V&A with their fascinating story of footwear, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain. The exhibition examines the many elaborate ways that shoes have been developed around the world over the years, with sometimes extreme results that have provided anything but practicality or comfort. Around 200 incredible pairs of shoes are on display, with examples of everything from sandals decorated in pure gold leaf from ancient Egypt, to high-end fashion creations from contemporary designers. As well as looking at the outlandish design processes, the exhibition also considers the cultural meaning of the footwear along with the transformative effect that they have on the wearer. Also under the spotlight is the way that modern technology can allow designers to push boundaries even further, giving them the scope to create higher heels and increasingly theatrical shapes. With examples of rare, historic and also some very famous pairs of shoes on display, this is essential viewing for anyone with a passing interest in the larger than life world of fashion.


Venue Details & Map

Victoria and Albert Museum

Cromwell Road
South Kensington
+44 (0)20 7942 2000
Public transport:
Tube: South Kensington, Knightsbridge Train: Victoria. Follow the Museums tunnel from South Kensington Underground.

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