It was a name that couldn't have been more perfect. As I strolled past each shoe, every step reminded me of the pain I felt breaking into my fresh Chalayan x Adidas wedges and how great they looked when I first saw them.
Winners at the National Footwear awards
"One shoe can change your life". A relevant statement for the launch of the exhibition justified by meeting the legendary; Dato Jimmy Choo OBE.
"Shoes Pleasure and Pain" is an exhibition with two floors showcasing 200 pairs of shoes from traditional to modern design, or Adidas to Manolos. Located next to the small gift store, the ground floor displayed all the shoes, and the top floor had short videos showing the process of creating beautiful shoes and obvious shoe related quotes. I liked the set design of the shoe boxes on the top floor, it was the only thing that drew me towards the video placed within it.
Although most shoes had an interesting story/history, I felt bored of the set, the layout. If you're a shoe lover killing time at the museum willing to spend £12 on seeing the shoes, go ahead. It's definitely more of an exhibition to admire shoes rather than to be intellectual about them. Shame that the museum bans sketching inside exhibitions, otherwise I'd be willing to spend the dough to be in there all day.
Now I remember why I didn't buy that yearly museum membership.