You need to be at the ‘Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes’ exhibition at the New York Historical Society Museum to believe how artsy shoes can get. By Payal Das


Ongoing till October 8, New York Historical Society will be hosting a shoe exhibition the Walk this Way: Footwear that will have the complete Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes. The designer is an all-time favourite for the celebrities on red carpets. The exhibition will have over 100 shoes designed by the American designer starting from the vintage styles to footwear crafted with unusual material. The maximum shoes will be from this personal collection which was originally started by his wife, Jane Gershon Weitzman. Every pair of shoes tells a different story and somehow magically represents the ever-changing roles of women in this society.


Among the displays will be a famous shoe pair called the ‘million-dollar sandals’ which he had specially designed for Laura Harring to wear to the 2002 Academy Awards gave birth to the foot-focused camera. The sparklers were remade using Swarovski crystals.


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His wife is also a well know shoe designer and is famous for making shoes from unusual materials. Other highlights will be the winners of the first-ever Stuart Weitzman Footwear Design Competition, where members will be asked to choose between two themes- material innovation or social consciousness. The pair of shoes that pays tribute to Billie Holiday’s popular 1939 song, Strange Fruit will also be exhibited.


Weitzman recently said, “In the past 10 years leggings changed the way you cover your leg. That’s why the boot business became the shoes business. The sneaker world is now the new change.” He also adds “Women ant shoes that work, that feel well, that fit well. They want them to be beautiful, too. No one is picking a shoe off the shelf because they don’t tolerate it not working.”


Weitzman is a Wharton graduate and also teaches there presently. In 2016, he handed over the creative reins to Giovanni Morelli but undoubtedly he still remains a keen observer of the industry.