Today my friend Sybille and her friend Emmy and I went to the new exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem MA. The show is brand new, it just opened a few days ago. If you are anywhere near Salem MA during the next couple of months, I strongly recommend this terrific show if you are a shoe lover!
The teaser for the Shoe show is in the lobby, a huge “shoemobile”.
The shoes range in age from the 17th century (or possibly older) through the 21st century. There are both women’s and men’s shoes. Many of the shoes are haute couture shoes, many of the historic shoes are handmade (see the Indian wedding sandals below that raise the bride up so she can be easily seen), and quite a few appear to be one-of-a-kind shoes.
The curator’s commentary throughout the show is shared in plaques on the walls, and it definitely adds to the experience. She talks about the role that shoes play in our lives that goes way beyond function, how they define who we are as well as what our status is.
In addition, there is some commentary on how shoes are made, and the “lasts” for some very famous people including Princess Diana are on display. The exhibit ends with some photos and objects on how shoes are displayed and stored, including a shoe closet that is to die for!
I truly hope you’ll be able to go to see this fascinating show in person. But I’d like to share a few more photos to whet your appetite or for those of you who are too far away to attend.
There are literally hundreds of pairs of shoes in this exhibit. You must see them for yourself!
Is this the type of exhibit you would enjoy? What are your favorite pair of your own shoes? Tell me about them in the comments!