Shoe Obsession by Valerie Steele and Colleen Hill

The Shoe Obsession exhibition at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York has produced an eponymous publication printed by Yale University Press, set to go on sale April 30. Work by Charlotte Olympia, Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik and other world-class designers are all waiting to be discovered on page after page of this beautiful new book.

Shoe Obsession by Valerie Steele and Colleen hill

Shoe Obsession by Valerie Steele and Colleen hill

Tom Ford, Spring 2012  Courtesy Tom Ford  Photograph © The Museum at FIT

Tom Ford, Spring 2012 Courtesy Tom Ford Photograph © The Museum at FIT

Iris van Herpen X United Nude, 2010  The Museum at FIT, PA2012.28.1  Photograph © The Museum at FIT

Iris van Herpen X United Nude, 2010 The Museum at FIT, PA2012.28.1 Photograph © The Museum at FIT

Alberto Guardiani Flutterby shoe with butterly wing heel

Alberto Guardiani Flutterby shoe with butterly wing heel

Alexander McQueen, Spring 2010  From the collection of Daphne Guinness  Photograph © The Museum at FIT

Alexander McQueen, Spring 2010 From the collection of Daphne Guinness Photograph © The Museum at FIT

Andreia Chaves  Invisible shoes, 2011  Photograph courtesy Andreia Chaves

Andreia Chaves Invisible shoes, 2011 Photograph courtesy Andreia Chaves

Aperlaï (Alessandra Lanvin), Fall 2011  Photograph courtesy Aperlaï

Aperlaï (Alessandra Lanvin), Fall 2011 Photograph courtesy Aperlaï

Conspiracy by GianlucaTamburini  Poisonneuse sandals, 2012  Peridot and amethyst gems, aluminum  Courtesy Conspiracy by Gianluca Tamburini

Conspiracy by GianlucaTamburini Poisonneuse sandals, 2012 Peridot and amethyst gems, aluminum Courtesy Conspiracy by Gianluca Tamburini

Azzedine Alaia, 2011  From the collection of Lynn Ban  Photograph © The Museum at FIT

Azzedine Alaia, 2011 From the collection of Lynn Ban Photograph © The Museum at FIT

Chanel, 2009  From the collection of Lynn Ban  Photograph © The Museum at FIT

Chanel, 2009 From the collection of Lynn Ban Photograph © The Museum at FIT

Charlotte Olympia  Kiss Me Delores pumps, 2012  From the private collection of designer Yliana Yepez  Photograph © The Museum at FIT

Charlotte Olympia Kiss Me Delores pumps, 2012 From the private collection of designer Yliana Yepez Photograph © The Museum at FIT

Christian Louboutin  Fetish Ballerine, 2007  Courtesy Christian Louboutin  Photograph © The Museum at FIT

Christian Louboutin Fetish Ballerine, 2007 Courtesy Christian Louboutin Photograph © The Museum at FIT

Giuseppe Zanotti, 2012  From the collection of Lynn Ban  Photograph © The Museum at FIT

Giuseppe Zanotti, 2012 From the collection of Lynn Ban Photograph © The Museum at FIT

Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci, Spring 2012  Courtesy Givenchy  Photograph © The Museum at FIT

Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci, Spring 2012 Courtesy Givenchy Photograph © The Museum at FIT

Lipstick heel black patent leather pump

Lipstick heel black patent leather pump

Masaya Kushino  Lung-ta [The Wind Horse] shoes, 2008  White leather, human hair, Leavers lace, lacquered Japanese cypress wood  Courtesy of Masaya Kushino

Masaya Kushino Lung-ta [The Wind Horse] shoes, 2008 White leather, human hair, Leavers lace, lacquered Japanese cypress wood Courtesy of Masaya Kushino

Noritaka Tatehana  Lady Pointe shoes (designed for Lady Gaga), 2012  Photograph courtesy Noritaka Tatehana

Noritaka Tatehana Lady Pointe shoes (designed for Lady Gaga), 2012 Photograph courtesy Noritaka Tatehana

Roger Vivier (Bruno Frisoni)  Eyelash Heel pumps, Fall:Winter 2012-2013  Rendez-Vous (Limited Edition Collection)  Photograph courtesy Roger Vivier:Photo by Stephane Garrigues

Roger Vivier (Bruno Frisoni) Eyelash Heel pumps, Fall:Winter 2012-2013 Rendez-Vous (Limited Edition Collection) Photograph courtesy Roger Vivier:Photo by Stephane Garrigues

Salvatore Ferragamo  Glam collection, Fall 2006  Courtesy Museo Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo Glam collection, Fall 2006 Courtesy Museo Salvatore Ferragamo

 

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  1. Reblogged this on FASHION & PHILOSOPHERS | Where style and culture frolic over tea and beer and commented:
    As our feet are designed to carry our personal weight – guiding us from point A to B; balancing our bodies in spite of elements and baggage; and letting us know when it is time to sit and lie and be – our feet have also taken on a star role in reflecting fashion, culture, nature, and impossibility. Mimicking butterflies to machinery to trigonometric-defying angles, the shoes in this upcoming book show the beauty of an outfit completed and also the madness that someone would endure walking in some of these designs. Whether it is canvas or gunmetal, the relationship between a woman and her shoes is one that is adorned.

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