High heels are a trip. They can challenge the limits of functionality and wearability, and can inspire the deepest of desires.
Throughout history high heels have reached soaring levels of impracticality. They’ve become a form of wearable sculpture. Which designers have pushed the limits of the shoe the furthest? Get thee to Palm Springs on September 5 for the opening of Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe, an exhibition at The Palm Springs Art Museum exploring the cultural history of the high heel, to find out.
When you arrive you’ll see 110 pairs of shoes by a long list of designers (Céline, Chanel, Alexander McQueen, and Prada, to name a few) on loan from the costume collections of the Brooklyn Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The show includes everything from 18th-century court heels to 19th-century Chinese slippers, and pairs of vintage heels so iconic you may recognize them at first glance. Displayed on pedestals, the shoes will be divided into six dramatic themes, like “Glamour and Fetish,” “Architecture,” “Metamorphosis,” and “Space Walk.” Here are just nine to marvel at.