Shoes exhibition (22)Yes shoes…. lots and lots of them at the Shoe Exhibition in the Kunsthal, Rotterdam (runs until May 11 2014).It was a terrific exhibition, very well done. Beautiful shoes, art shoes, naughty shoes. So, so many. From ancient days to today, nicely arranged with numbers next to them, allowing you to look up the year they were produced and who designed them. With most shoes I will add the brand and the year. The first one at the top of this post is from 2011 by Andreia Chaves. It is called “Naked Version”. The inside shoe is leather and the black is 3D (print) nylon.

Below: here I am, looking at the first rows of shoes.Shoes 8aMy friend Marla and I saw so many shoes we could not take it all in. Also choosing the ones for this post was very difficult. It was indeed a matter of “killing your darlings”. Below: Marla. The  green sticker on her sweater is for entering the exhibition. It is not a accessory. LOLShoes 2Below: a red suede -very high- pump from 1937 by André Perugia. It shows that ladies had to suffer in those days as well. LOLShoes exhibition (23)Below: the fish shoe is also by André Perugia and from 1955.Shoes exhibition (24)Below: the next two pairs are weird. Or art. Depends from which perspective you look at it. Unfortunately I deleted a bit too much when I started to choose the photos for this post, so I don’t know name or year.Shoes exhibition (25)

Shoes exhibition (26)Below: beautiful shoes, at least to my taste. The golden peeptoe pump (top middle) is from 2013 by Alexander McQueen, the pink slingback peeptoe with pearls (top right) is from 2011 by Nicholas Kirkwood; the silver sandal (bottom left) is from 2013 by Proenza Schouler, the silver slingback on the right with the mirrors is from 2009 (no brand name available).Shoes exhibition (27)Below: from 2012 by Amber Ambrose AureleShoes exhibition (20)Below: leather ballerina with Swarovski chrystals from 2013 by Jan Taminiau (a famous Dutch haute couture designer)Shoes exhibition (28)Below: a sandal with a heel in the shape of a fish from 2007 by Jimmy Choo.Shoes exhibition (29)Below: now we are getting to two naughty examples. Never knew such shoes were made.. the first one in a sort of orange flesh colour (…) is from 2012 by Caro Peirs called Tarzan. I will abstain from any comment.Shoes exhibition (17)Below: the second one is from 2009 by Ainsley-T and called muzzle sandal Shoes exhibition (18)Below: this boot was in the same section as the two pairs of shoes shown above. From 2012 by Bruno Tansens. It is an ankle boot with a removable leg piece and you can change the heel .Shoes exhibition (19)Below: over to some more normal shoes: from 2008, the black and white patent leather peeptoe by Sergio Rossi, one of my favourite shoe designers.Shoes exhibition (6)Below: such a darling shoe: a pink satin sandal from 2009 by Christian LouboutinShoes exhibition (7)Below: finally some older shoes… from 1958, black suede with a silver wedge heel by Holmes Shoes exhibition (8)Below: Vivienne Westwood, Court Shoes from 1993Shoes exhibition (9)Below: an oldie but goodie.. a pump from 1920-1923 by Hellstern & Sons.Shoe exhibitionBelow: this cute pink mule is from 1950-1955 and by Daniel Green. It has an elastic heel strap.Shoes exhibition (10)Below: the seventies! The red and blue shoe on the left is from 1976 by Creaciones Antonio, the white one from 1972 by Georgio Armani, the green sandal from 1970 (no brand available)Shoes exhibition (11)Below: the Orchid shoe by Jan Jansen, our famous Dutch shoe designer. Remember my magic boots by him which I showed you last week? Shoes exhibition (12)Below: more shoes by Jan Jansen. The blue and white ones at the back with the ankle straps is called “Sport” (2008). The grey/blue pump with the curls is called “In the blue angel” (2010) and the multi-coloured pump, called Tania (1995).Shoes exhibition (13)Below: these are all by Jan Jansen (can you tell I am a fan?), 2009 / 2010. The black one in the middle is called No Toespring Needed.Shoes exhibition (14)Below: the black and white boot is called Tribal, the white one with the rose is called Lafayette Twist. They both are from 2004 by Helena Angelique.  (Small story: about 5 years ago I bought similar boots by Muxart (Spanish brand). Dark green crocodile printed leather with green ribbons from top to bottom, like below. The next day I took them back. Whatever was I thinking? They really absorbed all the attention. Very attention drawing. The matching bag was good though.)Shoes exhibition (15)Below: “Gun in red” by Inge Helena Rietjens from 2008.Shoes exhibition (16)Below: this is a clever creation called “Nailed-up” from 2004 by Alexander Fielden.Shoes exhibition (3)Below: this pump is called “Miou”, from 2010 by Kobi Levi.Shoes exhibition (2)Below: last but certainly not least. Made of rubber and chromed vinyl. From 2013 and a cooperation of Zaha Hadid and United Nude. United Nude is the brand of my teal bootiesShoes exhibition (1)Below: I was wearing my teal booties to the exhibition as well. After all, you want to look the part.Shoes 5Below: at the exit, next to those famous words of Bette Midler.Shoes 30

PS Linking up to Visible Monday, as Patti is again the host to about a hundred bloggers.

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  1. Ann
    20 April 2014 / 04:48

    Good evening Greetji! This looks fun, oh my such a exciting exhibition to see. Some of these designs look familiar to me, maybe from a book on shoes. I would enjoy seeing this show also. I like your teal booties with this cool heel.

    blue hue wonderland

    • Greetje
      20 April 2014 / 11:21

      It was grand. The photos I am showing represents such a small part of the exhibition. There were 500 shoes! The exhibition runs until May 11 this year, but I don’t think you will be hopping on a plane to Rotterdam to see it. How wonderful that may be.
      I have added a link to the exhibition information in my post, but it only gives you limited information:

  2. 20 April 2014 / 17:36

    The shoe exhibit is beautiful! Lucky for you to have been able to see all those beauties up close!

    • Greetje
      20 April 2014 / 18:58

      Actually, I should have taken less photographs and enjoyed the moment more..

  3. popcosmo
    20 April 2014 / 19:26

    Wow… what I would have done to have attended with you! This is absolutely fabulous! That first photo just makes me think that Lady Gaga wasn’t so original after all 🙂 And I toady understand why you are under the spell of Jan Jansen (besides the movie star name). The shoes are all to die for and my favorite from the photos that I would actually wear: the petal pair by Jan Jansen. *swoon*

    xo ~kim & chloe

    • Greetje
      20 April 2014 / 20:53

      Have you looked at his website? There is a link in this post. I also bought a loafer (or ballerina) for summer. They look rather strange (most of his designs do). As if somebody cut them out from a piece of material and left it like that. But they are soooo comfortable and they actually look quite nice at your feet. As I get blisters all the time wearing shoes in summer with bare feet, I am always looking for soft shoes. Especially shoes which I can wear treading trough towns all day (I am going to Barcelona -Spain- in June for 3 days with a friend).
      Here is the link:

      By the way Lady Gaga wears quite a few pieces of Dutch designers, both dresses and shoes.
      We Dutch get everywhere haha.

      • popcosmo
        20 April 2014 / 23:42

        They are adorable! I will have to look in the US for these shoes… I’m impossible to fit (still can’t find slip-ons that fit me!) and I don’t know why. Perhaps some stores in NYC carry them and I visit there often enough! I’m so jealous of you and your selection!!!

        • Greetje
          21 April 2014 / 09:45

          I tried to get some information for you but failed.
          Jan Jansen used to have a shop in California, but I am not sure whether that is still open. There are shops all over the world that stock his shoes. Mind you, they are not cheap to begin with, add to that shipping and handling cost…. and they might be rather expensive on your side of the water.

  4. SusanG
    20 April 2014 / 19:44

    What a fabulous exhibition! There are some amazing works of art there.

    • Greetje
      20 April 2014 / 20:54

      And you have only seen so little of it. 500 shoes are a lot. My respect for the person who has made this exhibition happen.

    • Greetje
      21 April 2014 / 09:47

      Some of them are prototypes or try-outs or graduation assignments (like the one with the peacock feathers). But most of them were meant to wear.

  5. 20 April 2014 / 21:07

    I see you are wearing your fabulous eye blouse to see this fabulous fun collection, well done.
    Thank you for sharing, Greetje

    • Greetje
      20 April 2014 / 22:03

      Just goes to show I do wear my clothes more than once LOL

  6. 21 April 2014 / 00:13

    I’ve always dreamed of going to a shoe exhibit and now I was finally able to, well at least through the help of you, my friend. This was so much fun, I’ve actually looked through your posts well over 20 times now. I had no idea shoes could be made into such works of art (can’t imagine trying to walk in some). Don’t you just love those boots (458 and 459)? I could put those on my feet right this minute. Thank you for sharing your fun day with us.

    • Greetje
      21 April 2014 / 09:51

      I still have all my photos. I can send them through WeTransfer and you can see more of them. Let me know if you want that.
      As for boots 458 and 459… as I said, I once bought very similar to those but took them back. For me the ribbons were a bit too much. I could only wear them with something very very plain and simple. They are so attention drawing that you won’t wear them often. Which is a shame at that price (steep).

  7. 21 April 2014 / 02:23

    I’ve always thought shoes were indeed a blank canvas worthy of a million dollar painting! This exhibit is proof that artistry does indeed extend to footwear. Total eye candy, each and every photo here. There’s no point in picking a favourite pair; they’re all so cool; but! Yes, but! The lime green with cobalt blue trim shoes in the second photo have truly stolen my heart!

    • Greetje
      21 April 2014 / 09:58

      I can so picture you in those lime green shoes. That is the downside of an exhibition: you get the appetite, but you cannot satisfy it. LOL
      There was a shoe in the shape of a silver mask and a shoe in the shape of a colourful butterfly, a shoe with “brass knuckles” between the heel and the shoe…. so much!

  8. 21 April 2014 / 04:40

    I would have fainted if I were able to attend this exhibit. I am a bonafide shoe whore, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. The pink Louboutin looks like the one that Sarah Jessica Parker drooled over in Sex in the City. She pressed her face against the glass window and said, “Hello Lover.”
    I can’t imagine trying to walk in some of these shoes. Alexander McQueen in infamous for torturing his runway models by having them wear torturous shoes.

    Great post! I can only imagine how much fun this exhibit must have been 🙂

    • Greetje
      21 April 2014 / 10:10

      It would be nice if this exhibition were to travel all over the world. It is worth it. ”
      In the exhibition information there is a quote by Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City:
      “I could run a marathon in a pair of Manolo heels. I can race out and hail a cab. I can run up Sixth Avenue at full speed. I’ve destroyed my feet completely but I don’t care. What do you really need your feet for anyway?”
      Great quote for a TV series, but I want to be able to walk on my feet all my life. So I do not aways wear high heels. I wish I could though… it looks so much nicer.

  9. Happiness at Mid Life
    21 April 2014 / 08:07

    What a fun show to attend. I like the Holmes wedges the best, the intricate wedge is just gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing!


    • Greetje
      21 April 2014 / 10:11

      I agree it is a great shoe, different, elegant and it looks very comfortable as well.
      There were so many other shoes I would have liked to show… alas.

  10. Patti @ NotDeadYet Style
    21 April 2014 / 15:47

    Wow! Shoe paradise! I so enjoyed looking at these marvels, thanks for sharing them with Visible Monday, xox

    • Greetje
      21 April 2014 / 18:48

      It is a pity so many of my readers live in the USA. As I can recommend it highly.

  11. Rebecca
    21 April 2014 / 16:42

    What fantastic photos of this wonderful exhibit! It looks almost identical to a recent exhibit at NYC’s Fashion Institute of Technology (maybe last year). It is incredible how creative some of the shoes are. Most are art forms and not meant to be worn but beautiful just the same. Thank you for posting this shoe delight.

    • Greetje
      21 April 2014 / 18:49

      Some of them are graduation items, but most of them are actually meant to be worn. Just not by me. LOL

  12. Marianne
    21 April 2014 / 17:54

    You must have feld like being in heaven . Carrie from Sex in the City bought in the series the pink sandals from Louboutin. So girly and feminine.

    • Greetje
      21 April 2014 / 18:51

      It was almost too much to take in. A lovely exhibition.

  13. 21 April 2014 / 23:55

    Wonderful exhibition! That is right the kind I love!
    Some shoes are fantastic, other are very funny or real works of art! You surely must have had a great day over there!!
    And your boots look very confortable… the perfect shoes to spend many hours in that exhibition!

  14. Greetje
    22 April 2014 / 05:33

    Yes, it was impressive and fun. My teal boots were indeed very suited for the occasion.

    • Greetje
      22 April 2014 / 08:51

      Yes it was. There is only one downside…. you cannot buy anything. LOL

    • Greetje
      22 April 2014 / 18:29

      Remember… You cannot buy them at the exhibition… Just look LOL.

  15. 22 April 2014 / 21:42

    Okay, maybe not your absolute best, but it’s in a category all by it’self, this post! I just love you, Greetje … especially how your mind works. Is that scary or what?!

    • Greetje
      22 April 2014 / 22:12

      I wonder how you think my mind works haha. I am really curious. We might have to Skype or Facetime to find out…

  16. 22 April 2014 / 23:32

    Wow what a fabulous exhibit!

    Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

    Those naughty shoes? Ahem. Just sayin’.

    We saw the Louboutin exhibit here and it was amazing. This reminds me a bit of it.

    So many shoes…so little time ; P


    • Greetje
      23 April 2014 / 07:51

      Yes I enjoyed it more than I anticipated. The fact you couldn’t buy any gorgeous shoes you saw was a drawback. On the other hand it was also relaxing: no hunting, no need to score.

  17. Elle
    23 April 2014 / 05:06

    fabulous post” Andre Perugia must have not liked women too well those shoes look like torture.
    I love some of the shoes, but am overwhelmed by the sheer number of so many beautiful and magnificent shoes. Some of them are pretty weird, that Tarzan shoe is dreadful. But I love the older black side shoe with the silver filigree heel, and the pearl encrusted shoe from Nicholas Kirkwood, I hope I have that right..
    I am crazy about your teal booties and am glad you gave us a good shot of them – such beauties!
    This was such a grand post, with so much detail, and details that we would be hard pressed to get elsewhere. Thank you for taking all of the time to share this!
    XX, Elle

  18. Greetje
    23 April 2014 / 07:53

    It was my pleasure entirely. Believe me.
    The pearl shoes by Nicholas are not that old yet (2011). With your vintage hunting skills, you might pick up a pair.

  19. 23 April 2014 / 11:26

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful exhibit with us, such an amazing collection of shoes , wearable or not. Shame about the boots, certainly stunning, as are your teal booties.

    • Greetje
      23 April 2014 / 17:26

      It wasn’t really bad, taking those boots back. They were green and so was my matching bag. I said: “what a shame you don’t have this bag in black, as I really like it and need a new black bag.” And they came up with the same bag in black!!! It made my day (week/year). It was a perfect bag.
      And I am glad you liked my post. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment.

  20. 23 April 2014 / 16:35

    You conquered my world today with this gorgeous review. Thrilling! I couldn’t possible choose a favorite. Shoes are art, and this exhibition proves that point.

    • Greetje
      23 April 2014 / 17:27

      Yes, you would have had a field day at this exhibition. It was very well put together.

  21. 23 April 2014 / 21:19

    what a super cool exhibit to go and see
    so interesting

  22. 25 April 2014 / 17:40

    Gorgeous. I should check out jan Janssen’s shoes next time I’m In The Netherlands. Love your outfit too!

    • Greetje
      25 April 2014 / 18:04

      In Amsterdam on Rokin, he still has his shop. We can go there together. Last time I got aways with a pair of boots and a pair of ballerinas (put them on Facebook).

  23. niewidzialna kobieta
    25 April 2014 / 23:55

    Your shoes are amazing ! Greetings.

    • Greetje
      26 April 2014 / 14:28

      Oh hello there. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. I wish they were my shoes, but alas… just the exhibition.

  24. 6 May 2014 / 09:35

    What a weird and wonderful exhibition!! I have to say that the vast majority are not to my tastes, or the heels are too high for my comfort, but I do like the 1958 silver wedge heels, and also those 2004 cowboy type boots, I would wear those in a heartbeat!

    A great peek into shoe history – we have a similar museum here in the UK, Nottingham way I think, but I’ve not been yet.

    P x

    • Greetje
      7 May 2014 / 17:20

      Oh there were a lot of beautiful vintage shoes as well. You would have found many pairs to love. At a distance though… not for sale. (I always regret that.)

  25. 11 November 2014 / 12:10

    Amazing! Some of them are beautiful, the other awful. Greetings.

    • Greetje
      13 November 2014 / 16:31

      Well, something for everybody.

    • Greetje
      13 November 2014 / 16:32

      Glad you enjoyed it.

  26. 12 November 2014 / 09:57


    • Greetje
      13 November 2014 / 16:32

      My pleasure entirely.

  27. 12 November 2014 / 22:45

    ¡Menuda colección de zapatos! No pensaba que existía algo así, había visto fotos sueltas de algunos de ellos, pero no en una colección completa. ¡Me ha encantado! Muy ilustrativa. ¡Besos!

    • Greetje
      13 November 2014 / 16:32

      Glad you liked them.

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