Who can forgot when Naomi Campbell took that tumble in Vivienne Westwood's skyscraper heels at Paris Fashion week in March 1993?  The V&A exhibition Shoes: Pleasure and Pain explores extreme footwear with 200 pairs of shoes from around the world. The significant place shoes have in ancient cultures and current developments in footwear, the ever growing high heel and changes to the shoe silhouette are put under the magnifying glass.

02-extreme-heels-naomi-campbell-vivienne-westwood Naomi Campbell in twelve-inch platforms at Vivienne Westwood’s Anglomania show, Paris 1993.
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The installation includes David Beckham's football boots, which are on loan from the Manchester United Museum. From sporting shoes to seduction, a pair of red Victorian heeled boots are to feature as part of the 'Seduction' segment of the display.

becks_preds_adidas_img10 David Beckham's Adidas Predators
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An impressive 15 pairs of shoes from Lionel Bussey's 600 strong collection are set to feature. Bussey, who could be described as a fetish collector, collected women's shoes from around 1914 until his death in 1969, his collection of shoes were still boxed with receipts as Bussey wanted his shoes to go to museum collections.

Check out fantastic footwear on Barnebys, click on the lot to visit the auction.

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Shoes: Pleasure and Pain runs from 13th June-31st July. For more information see here.

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