Mammoth shoe collection on display at Northampton
A shoe collection that may be even larger than that of the legendary Imelda Marcos is to go on display in Northampton's newly-refurbished Museum and Art Gallery - home to the world's leading shoe heritage collection. Following major works at a total cost of £310,000, the shiny new space is a great destination for those whose love of shoes goes a little deeper than window shopping...
Highlights among the pieces on display include Queen Victoria's wedding shoes, the stilts in the shape of DM boots worn by Elton John in his Pinball Wizard days and the notorious Vivienne Westwood shoes that floored Naomi Campbell at a 1993 catwalk show. Our absolute favourite, however, has to be the Cloud and Rainbow Show pictured above, designed by Thea Cadabra in 1984. It's simply amazing, and such an influential piece of wearable art!
The collection, which is free to visit, includes many more thousands of shoes dating back to 1620. As well as high fashion items and shoes with an historical interest, the collection is also home to quirky and bizarre footwear such as a boot made for an elephant, tribal crocodile shoes and examples of 'concealed shoes', shoes hidden in old buildings as a good luck ritual, which date from as far back as the 15th century.