|Image courtesy of Victoria & Albert Museum|
The exhibit opened a couple of weeks ago, but with one thing and another I only made it there this last week, armed (or footed?) in my new pair of Michael Kors booties. Appropriate, n'est-ce pas?
|Cinderella's Swarovski slippers (Photo by AFP Photo / Niklas Halle'n)|
Oh my God - so many amazing shoes under one roof! Some are just crazy and some are works of art.
While I'm not averse to a little pain in the pursuit of fashion, some of the shoes made even me cringe.
|Venetian chopines c. 1600 (Image courtesy of Victoria & Albert Museum)|
|Louboutin works of art (Photo by AFP Photo / Niklas Halle'n)|
We went early in the day and managed to take our time looking at everything, but I've been told by colleagues that the show is popular and can get crowded. Crowds do not make for good viewing, so go early. But go.
My only complaint was that the show did not have a coherent narrative structure. Or to put it more simply: I would have preferred a display that started with the earliest shoes and ended with the mot recent. Though I'll admit I was so fascinated it didn't even occur to me until afterwards that the display didn't follow any historical timeline.
If you haven't yet seen this exhibit, you should. At the very least it will make you look more carefully at what people are wearing on their feet.