New exhibition showcases the evolution of the most creative and complex shoe designs

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Where would we be without the shoe? Probably more than just a little damp in the foot region, we imagine. 

Function aside, however, footwear, and - more importantly - high heels have become an important part of the fashion world (and do not always allow us to move around easier with discomfort!).

A new exhibition opening tomorrow at the Brooklyn Museum titled “Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe” demonstrates the evolution of footwear and shows just how dramatically the designs have changed over the years, with over 160 pairs on display.

From the 1600s to the modern day, visitors will get the chance to view the evolution of the most artistic and creative high heel designs over time. Way before Carrie even uttered the words Manolo Blahnik were women hunting down the best heels for fabulous parties, with shoes such as Dior's exquisite evening slippers from 1960. 

Other stand-out heels in the collection include Salvatore Ferragamo's multi-coloured block heels and Vivienne Westwood's "Super Elevated Gillie" platforms, made iconic by Naomi Campbell's very memorable catwalk tumble.

Take a look at more from the collection by clicking on the gallery above.

  • 1550-1650s: Chopine's Italian shoe

    Made of silk and metal. High-platformed shoes were especially popular among Venetian women.

  • 1690-1700s: French shoes

    Made of silk and leather.

  • 19th century: Manchu Woman's Shoe

    From China, made of cotton and embroidered satin-weave silk.

  • 1900-1920s: French boots

    Made of leather and cellulose.

  • 1928-29: André Perugia's "Evening Sandals"

    Made of leather and metal

  • 1938: Salvatore Ferragamo's platform sandal

    Made of leather and cork.

  • 1940: Victor's platform sandal

    From America, made of leather.

  • 1960: Christian Dior and Roger Vivier's evening slippers for House of Dior

    Made of silk, metal, synthetic and glass.

  • 1965: Beth Levine's “Kabuki,”

    An evening shoe, in silk, metal, and wood.

  • 1974–79: Casuccio e Scalera per Loris Azzaro's sandal

    Made of leather, synthetic material and cotton.

  • 2010 - 11: Christian Louboutin's “Metropolis”

    Made of calfskin and silver spikes.

  • 2010: Chau Har Lee's “Blade Heel”

    Made of perspex, stainless steel and leather.

  • 2012: Prada's wedge sandal

    Made from Rosso, Bianco and Nero leather.

  • 2012-13: Noritaka Tatehana's “Atom”

    Made from faux leather.

  • 2013: JANTAMINIAU's “L’Image Tranquille”

    Handcrafted by René van den Bezrg.

  • 2013: Aperlaï.'s “Geisha Lines”

    Made of leather.

  • 2013: Nicholas Kirkwood's pumps

    Made of suede with gold and clear Swarovski crystals.

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