These Shoes Were Made for ... Walking?

Footwear Across Cultures

Leather boots with soles made from Goodyear tires, Algeria, circa 1950. Photo by Hillel Burger. PM 54-5-50/9675.1

February 7, 2003–February 2004


The Peabody Museum and Tozzer Library present a selection of approximately forty-nine pair of shoes, sandals, and boots from their extensive ethnographic collections: from the original sensible shoe to the heights and lengths of fashion. 

The exhibit is a fun look at footwear across cultures. Who invented platform shoes and high heels, why do Turkish shoes have curled toes, and how tiny was the ideal Chinese bound foot? Investigate the mysteries of shoe design and fashion across cultures!

Curated By Pamela Gerardi.