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  • InvisibleNakedVersion, Andreia Chaves, 2011. Photo by Andrew Bradley

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

Alongside McQueen and What is Luxury? Another reason to visit the V&A

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain brings together more than 200 pairs of shoes from across two millennia, from Moira Shearer’s Red Shoes to the intriguing-sounding ‘noisy slap-sole shoes’ worn in 17th-century Europe. One section investigates processes from design to final product with sketches, tools and lasts. As the title suggests, the show explores a gamut of stories of beauty, function and fetish; we’re pretty sure it’s the only exhibition sponsored by both high street stalwart Clarks and cutting-edge lingerie brand Agent Provocateur.

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain is at the Victoria & Albert Museum until 31 January 2016


Evening shoe, beaded silk and leather, Roger Vivier (1907–98) for Christian Dior (1905–1957), 1958-60. Image: © Victoria and Albert Museum, London