A travelling exhibition by London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and Swire Properties aims to show how beautiful but deadly shoes can be.

The exhibition, titled “Shoes: Pleasure and Pain”, showcases some of the world’s most fantastic creations from the 1370s to contemporary versions.

“Shoes are a universal language, connecting everyone across cultures and continents; every individual has their own unique, special memory of shoes,” says Alex Stitt, director of commercial and digital development at the V&A Museum.

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The exhibition will display more than 140 pairs of shoes from around the world, presented in five different sections: Transformation, Status, Seduction, Creation and Obsession.


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Highlights include a pair of qabqab from Egypt, as well as high-end couture shoes from contemporary fashion houses. Another key draw to the exhibition are shoes that once belonged to or associated with the fashion and culture icons of our time, including David Beckham, Kylie Minogue and Elton John. Sadists-at-heart should look out for the infamous heels supermodel Naomi Campbell wore when she tripped on the catwalk back in 1993.

The exhibition has had a major run since it first landed in Shanghai in September last year. Since then, it has made stops in Chengdu, Guangzhou and Beijing. Its stop in Hong Kong will wrap up the tour. The Hong Kong exhibition will run from September 27 until October 28 in Pacific Place.

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