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Best Reason to Continue Collecting Shoes: Walk This Way

"Shoes" (detail), about 1912, leather, beads, and sequins, Stuart Weitzman Collection, no. 220.

The Taft Museum of Art’s Walk This Way exhibit features the historic shoe collection of designer Stuart Weitzman, displaying everything from early-1800s satin wedding shoes and silk boudoir shoes created for the 1867 International Exposition in Paris to 1940s leather-and-suede pumps signed by the New York Yankees. The 200-plus years of footwear touch on the history of women’s labor activism and suffrage as well as the sexual revolution: art, history and politics all told through the shoes themselves and detailed in narrative labeling.