It’s all about shoes

Like a giant expertly presented shoe shop, this exhibition at the V&A is a smorgasbord of 250 pairs of shoes, some very old, some very new, from around the world. The exhibition really highlights how incredibly strange some humans are, strapping massive blocks of wood to their feet, tottering around in 6″ heels so they can’t run away from a wolf and then becoming addicted to that towering feeling.  The exhibitions title says it all really, Shoes: Pleasure or Pain. Anyway, it is a show that the great person-watcher Desmond Morris would have really enjoyed, and great to see creations like the ancient Egyptian sandal covered in gold leaf and the shoes Marilyn Monroe would have wiggled down the road in. Curator Helen Persson says: “Shoes are one of the most telling aspects of dress. Beautiful, sculptural objects, they are also powerful indicators of gender, status, identity, taste and even sexual preference. Our choice in shoes can help project an image of who we want to be.” The wolf wouldn’t be that discerning.  One for all you shoe lovers. You can even buy a shoe diary while you are there. 13th June – 31st January, tickets £12.

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