Shoes: Pleasure and Pain by Helen Persson


In conjunction with the V&A exhibition; Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, which runs from 13 June 2015 – 31 January 2016, this is an extensive and informative guide to the history and culture of footwear.


A collection of over 250 pairs of shoes, ranging from 2,000 years, from 20 countries and including 70 designers, celebrates the significance of shoes that portray a powerful indicator of gender, status, identity and even sexual preference. The book discusses the history and obsession of shoes, how they are made, and the consumers who wear them.