An entire exhibition dedicated to shoes!

From the punishing to the pretty the Victoria and Albert Museum in London contains examples of them all – about 200 pairs of slippers, sandals and stilettoes are on display until 31 January 2016.

The exhibition features contemporary designers – think Vivienne Westwood and the iconic red sole of Christian Louboutin – while delving into the past with creations spanning the extremes of comfort and style.

Installation view of Shoes Pleasure and Pain, Victoria and Albert Museum Christian Dior Evening shoes, pink beaded silk and leather Invisible Naked Version shoe by Andreia Chaves, Victoria and Albert Museum Manolo Blahnik Tendola sandal, Victoria and Albert Museum

Freed of London, founded in 1929, designed the iconic red ballet shoes worn by Victoria Page in the 1948 film The Red Shoes. The silk satin creation is among the examples of famous footwear, which has lit up the big screen over the years.

On the opposite end of the glamour scale you can see the Venetian Chopine, this pair dating back to the 17th Century.

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Chopines, Punched kid leather over carved pine shoes, Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum sits conveniently in London’s Knightsbridge area alongside the Natural History Museum.

While you are in the area, why not nip next door and take in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, which runs until April 2016, tickets £13.50 ($21) – concessions apply.

Prada Rocket Heeled Shoes, Victoria and Albert Museum


The Don’t Miss… Shoes: Pleasure and Pain exhibition is on at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London until 31st January 2016.

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