I had a fun morning with two of my shoe-loving friends visiting the V&A’s Shoes: Pleasure and Pain exhibition.

Apologies to any fellow visitors for our in-depth analysis of each style. We are truly shoe-obsessed.

It was exciting to see some of the legendary shoes we know from books, such as this Salvatore Ferragamo beauty.


The shoe that really jumped out at me as winning the prize for “most perfect” was this 1979-80 Charles Jourdan mule with floating ankle strap.

The shape of the sole, and how it follows the curve of your instep and cups your heel, show that this designer knew how to make truly foot-shaped shoes.

The ankle strap is attached to the shoe with almost invisible PVC straps. This makes the strap look almost like a matching anklet.

The subtle champagne gold leather is just stunning.


What a pleasant way to spend a morning. Just plan your visit to avoid the crowds, as it can get quite packed at busy times. Alternatively, wear platforms to see over the other visitors’ heads.

Have you been to see Shoes: Pleasure and Pain yet? Which was your favourite style and why? Tweet me or leave a comment here.

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