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In pictures: shoes through history

Some 200 pairs of shoes go on show at the V&A, London, this June in an exhibition that considers the cultural significance and transformative capacity of footwear throughout history

Published: May 1, 2015 at 10:14 am
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‘Parakeet’ shoes by Caroline Groves, 21st century © Photography by Dan Lowe


French evening shoe of beaded silk and leather, Roger Vivier for Christian Dior, 1958-60 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Ancient Egyptian sandal, gilded and incised leather and papyrus, c30 BC–AD 300 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Red ballet shoes made for Victoria Page (Moira Shearer) in The Red Shoes, 1948 © Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of Northampton Museums and Art Gallery

Wedding toe-knob paduka from India, silver and gold over wood, 1800s © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Gilded and marbled leather men's shoes, 1925 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Chopines, punched kid leather over carved pine, Venice, Italy, c1600s © Victoria and Albert Museum, London


Shoes: Pleasure and Pain is on show at the V&A Museum, London, from 13 June–31 January 2016. For more information, and to book tickets, visit the museum website


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