Killer Heels, The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe, Part Two

Part Two from the fabulous Killer Heels, The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe Exhibit at the Palm Springs Art Museum running through December 13, organized by the Brooklyn Museum.  Part One is here.

These shoes were designed in response to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.  The shoes are covered with flowers of a plant that is known to absorb radioactive material in the soil.  As the person wearing them walks, seeds contained in the high heel are mechanically planted in the ground.


Healing Fukushima (Nanohana Heels), 2012     Sputniko! and Masaya Kushino,   British and Japanese       Courtesy of the artist and SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo

If shoes could kill.


Blade Heel, 2010  Chau Har Lee, British              Perspex, stainless steel and leather, Courtesy Chau Har Lee

Beaded canvas and rubber high tops.


Rez Pride/Rez Girls Beaded Shoes, 2009     Teri Greeves, Kiowa-Comanche-Italian, Wyoming            Collection of Albuquerque Museum

Sustainable and natural materials make up these heels, which the artist describes as “existing on the boundary between clothing and art object.”


Bamboo Heels, 2012   Winde Rienstra, Dutch      Bamboo, glue, plastic cable ties          Courtesy of Winde Rienstra

The raised sole was reintroduced in the 1930s.  These sandals were eventually associated with Judy Garland and The Wizard of Oz after she sang “Over the Rainbow.”


Platform Sandal, 1938       Salvatore Ferragamo, Italian           The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, gifted by Ferragamo in 1973

More to come in Part Three…


12 responses

  1. Those are crazy! Especially the seed planting shoes. I kind of like the weird bamboo shoes, forget walking anywhere though…


    1. I’m not even that big of a shoe lover, but this exhibit just fascinated me it was so cool!

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  2. I doubt if people wear these things! Do they? I can’t figure out how 😕

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    1. I don’t think so except for that pair in Part One that Lady Ha ha actually wore! But so fun to look at, no?

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      1. A lot of fun to look at 🙂


  3. Ah, yes, the blade heel definitely could kill! Slowly and painfully, yikes!


    1. I know! Guess what? Had to report this am for jury duty, watched a video, made friends to go to lunch with and we all got dismissed by 11 am, didn’t get lunch and have to call tonight again to see about tomorrow. Maybe we can do jury duty stories at the same time!

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      1. Ha! That sounds fun – we should totally do that! Let me know when and I’m there! 😊

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  4. […] fun and funky blend of art, history and fashion.  You can see Part One here and Part Two here.  (If you haven’t seen them, you don’t want to miss Lady Gaga’s fabulous […]


  5. Wow – fab photo’s which remind me of a time in 1970 when my mum gave my sister money to go to town and buy herself a pair of WINTER boots (she was 16 – I was 11) – I can remember the look of disbelief and then the ‘anger’ from my mum when my sister returned with a pair of pale blue satin knee high boots with big platforms and colourful peacocks embroidered up the sides! She never lived it down… Thanks for stirring that memory x

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    1. omg, that is too, too funny! Wendy, that would make a wonderful post!!

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  6. You’re right it would – thanks – I’ll add it to my list of ‘to do’s’ x

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