An exclusive look at one hundred fabulous shoes from the renowned Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A hundred pairs of shoes, from the 16th to the 21st century, paint a vivid picture of how shoe styles have changed—sometimes radically—over the years. They also reveal how some trends have reappeared throughout the ages. For instance, platform shoes were worn by fashionable Venetian women from the 15th to the 17th century and by Manchu Chinese women in the 1800s. In the late 1930s, Salvatore Ferragamo introduced a modern version of the platform shoe, and updated versions appeared in the 1970s and 1990s.
Published in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art
"A brisk but dazzling 500-year shoe survey."—The New York Times Style Magazine~The New York Times Style Magazine