From Queen Victoria’s elastic-sided boots and Noël Coward’s embroidered slippers to Nicola Adams’ dancing shoes from Strictly Come Dancing, follow the evolution of footwear over the last 300 years.
Featuring over 350 pairs of shoes and boots, the exhibition includes an array of footwear worn by British icons, such as the legendary ballerina Margot Fonteyn. Royal shoes worn by Queen Victoria and Queen Mary sit beside the trendiest trainers of the 2000s and the oldest pair of shoes in the museum’s collection, an exquisite pair of red velvet mules from the 1690s.
The exhibition celebrates the creativity and ingenuity of shoe designers throughout history, with designs on display by Vivienne Westwood, Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik.
Other highlights include the shoes and prosthetics worn by seven-year-old Harmonie-Rose Allen from Bath, a junior ambassador for Meningitis Now, and a pair of Dr Martens printed with an image taken from painter William Hogarth’s celebrated The Rake’s Progress.