London’s V&A Museum has unveiled an inspirational new exhibition due to open next summer, called Shoes: Pleasure and Pain. An exploration of the extremes of footwear from around the globe, visitors will get the chance to discover over 200 pairs of shoes, from an ancient Egyptian sandal decorated in pure gold leaf to some of the most elaborate designs by contemporary shoemakers – many of which have never been displayed before. The show will consider the cultural significance and transformative capacity of shoes, examining the latest developments in footwear technology that create the possibility of ever higher heels and dramatic shapes. Shoes worn by or associated with high-profile figures like Marilyn Monroe, Queen Victoria, Sarah Jessica Parker and Daphne Guinness will also feature, complete with styles for both men and women by 70 named designers, including Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin.
Shoes: Pleasure and Pain will open at the V&A on June 13 2015, running till January 31 2016.