Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe

Teen Daughter at exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum.

Exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum.

Prada's Flame wedge sandals, 2012

Prada’s Flame wedge sandals, 2012

Do you live near New York? Do you love metaphors in material? Are you a fashionista? A shoe-aholic?

If so, I highly recommend the Brooklyn Museum’s exhibit “Killer Heels:  The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe.” Interestingly, curator Lisa Small didn’t arrange the shoes chronologically but, rather, in categories. In doing so, visitors learn historical contexts for modern inspiration. (exhibit runs until February 15)

As a writer, I didn’t just see shoes; I saw characters. One grimaced as she rubbed her bound feet. One strutted down the runway in her silver, architectural heels. One cantered alongside Mr. Tumnus in Narnia. And me? I stomped atop Horse Shoes, hand-on-hips, then swished my black velvet cape rimmed in red as I turned my back on the Demons and galloped into the forest where the fairies and elves awaited my return.

(Please excuse the poor photo quality. Shoes were behind glass in dark rooms.)

Jean Paul Gaultier (French) Nude Tattoo Boots, 2012, leather, plastic, metal

Jean Paul Gaultier (French), Nude Tattoo Boots, 2012, leather, plastic, metal

Manchu Woman's Shoe (Chinese), Qing Dynasty 19th century, cotton, embroidered satin-weave silk

Manchu Woman’s Shoe (Chinese), Qing Dynasty 19th century, cotton, embroidered satin-weave silk

Prada (Italian) Fuoco Silk and Lizard Platform, 2013

Prada (Italian), Fuoco Silk and Lizard Platform, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winde Rienstra (Dutch), Shutter Heel, 2013, Laser cut PerSpex (Plexiglas), screws, elastic, wooden beads

Winde Rienstra (Dutch), Shutter Heel, 2013, Laser cut PerSpex (Plexiglas), screws, elastic, wooden beads

Shoise, Matilda Maroti and Petra Hogstrom (Swedish) 2013, "Mother of Pearl:

Shoise, Matilda Maroti and Petra Hogstrom (Swedish) 2013, “Mother of Pearl:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zaha Hadid X United (Iraqi) "Nova", 2013, chromed vinyl rubber, kid napa leather, fiberglass

Zaha Hadid X United (Iraqi), Nova, 2013, chromed vinyl rubber, kid napa leather, fiberglass

Christian Louboutin (French) 2011-2012, "Deja Vu", patent leather, suede, ornamental eyes

Christian Louboutin (French), Deja Vu, 2011-12, patent leather, suede, ornamental eyes

George Sakier (American), 1930's-1940's,  "Glass"

George Sakier (American), 1930’s-1940’s, Glass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dolce & Gabbana boots (Italian)

Dolce & Gabbana boots (Italian)

Sputniko! (Japanese/British) 2012, "Healing Fukushima"

Sputniko! (Japanese/British), 2012, Healing Fukushima

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shoes for Women's Bound Feet (Chinese) 19th century Qing Dynasty, embroidered satin, wood, paper

Shoes for Women’s Bound Feet (Chinese) 19th century Qing Dynasty, embroidered satin, wood, paper

Christian Louboutin (French) 2011-2012, "Puck", goatskin, leather

Christian Louboutin (French), 2011-12, Puck, goatskin, leather

 

 

 

 

 

 

Masayakushino (Japanese) 2013, "Stairway to Heaven", goatskin, baby lamb, crow feather

Masayakushino (Japanese), 2013, Stairway to Heaven, goatskin, baby lamb, crow feather

Iris Schiefertein (German) 2006, "Horse Shoes 3", horse fur, horse hoof, wood, zipper

Iris Schieferstein (German), 2006, Horse Shoes 3, horse fur, horse hoof, wood, zipper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Horse Shoes 3"

“Horse Shoes 3”

 

 

Day Trippers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hon, have you seen the exhibit? What did you think? Which shoe on display here is your favorite? 

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8 thoughts on “Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe

  1. The art of the shoe is totally right! Many of those are beautiful!
    I couldn’t be Cinderella! There’s no way I’d walk in glass shoes. The flame wedge sandals are intriguing though.

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