Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

I went to the V&A’s Shoes: Pleasure and Pain exhibition on a whim and was pleased that I did.  As you can probably guess, the exhibition offers a large array of weird, wonderful, quirky and seemingly uncomfortable footwear spanning centuries and continents.

The V&A puts on fantastic exhibitions and this one was just as inventive, with various film extracts, music, and a wall display of shoe boxes.

My personal shoe collection is a bit sparse but even if like me you don’t have a shoe fetish, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain is definitely worth the visit.

“This obsession with shoes just really struck me, and how it’s gone on. Through social media, it’s in our living room. I wanted to go into why are we who we are in shoes? And so often they are not really made for our feet, which are actually quite wide. Fashion is a different thing,” – Helen Persson, Curator, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain 

Images: Victoria & Albert Museum

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