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Museum exhibit proves shoes can be high art

Nearly everyone, in every culture around the world, wears some kind of slipper, sandal or heel to shield the soles of their feet from the earth. But an exhibition opening April 20 at the New-York Historical Society shows that beyond protection, shoes provide power, prestige, sex appeal and liberation. “Walk This Way” highlights 100-plus pairs of pumps, mules and more from footwear designer Stuart Weitzman’s private collection of historic shoes. Spanning nearly 200 years — from a pair of 19th-century “boudoir” slippers to modern-day sustainable platform sneakers — the show illustrates how the evolution of feminine footwear coincides with women’s changing roles in society. “You really see the power of what the women ...