Killer Heel Exhibit

“There is an element of seduction in shoes that doesn’t exist for men. A woman can be sexy, charming, witty, or shy with her shoes” - Christian Louboutin, 2011.

High heels - the most powerful, as well as popular accessory in the world of fashion. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to own a walk-in closet full of killer heels? Even though high heels are not as comfortable as sneakers or flats, women still wear them all the time. Heels complete one’s outfit and give it a new identity, just like Cinderella's glass slippers; that is exactly why high heels are so fascinating.

High heels were also a major part of Asian culture in the ancient times. There are paintings that record ancient women wearing high heels, and there are displays of the heels that were worn at that time. It is interesting to learn that Ancient Chinese women tied their feet since they were very young to prevent them from growing. Small feet were considered beautiful in the Ancient Chinese Culture. Platform heels were also inspired by Ancient Japanese culture!



The Brooklyn Museum in New York holds an exhibit on high heels called KILLER HEELS. The display gives an overview of the evolution of high heels throughout history; it also displays a lot of interesting heel designs. One of the sections at the showcase displays high heels that are inspired by architecture; they are very futuristic and structural.

Here are some of the interesting high heels designs:

Jarvis W. Rockwell, Rocky Color Cone, Stacking Toy, 1938


Sputniko!, Healing Fukushima, 2012


Prada, Wedge Sandals in Rosso, Bianco, and Nero Leather, Spring/Summer 2012


Chanel, Light Bulb Heels, 2008

The exhibition goes on till February 15th, 2015; you can use the subway, it goes directly to the museum. It’s definitely a good place to visit if you are planning to be in New York!