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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 123

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 123 I’m in Italy and it’s the last day of shoes so we go to possibly the king of women’s shoes.  Born in Romagna, Italy (a region very close to my heart) in the 1930’s and inheriting his father’s tools and artisan traditions, Rossi worked through […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 122

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 122 Shoes Shoes Shoes (& Boots) not just fashion 129 Whitechapel Road E1 today and we’re off to buy some work clothes. ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 121

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 121 Goldhawk Road, Shepherd’s Bush today and a specialist in Italian and Spanish footwear. Not much to say about this except that it is the sort of shop I love, the one that is overlooked, dismissed for being neither derelict and edgy or being beautiful or […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 120

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 120 Oooohhhh Bespoke Shoes! Nice. Dawes Road, Fulham today and we’re with Tony.  Must be beautiful to have a pair of bespoke shoes. Top or bottom though? The question is – Is this shop now closed or was it temporarily shut? If it is it really […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 119

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 119 Continuing our shoe journey through London with this chic shop on Maddox Street off Bond St. Ladies’ favourite Charlotte Olympia with it’s cat motive and fun bags. I did some filming in here with a friend who described shoe shopping like candy buying for grown […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 118

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 118 Shoes – a jaunt around some of London’s shoe emporiums for the next few days. There is something distinctly unique about buying new shoes. What is it about new shoes? I remember s a child putting a pair of new trainers next to my bed […]

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Guest Post: Installing Shoes- Pleasure and Pain

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Second year student on the V&A/RCA History of Design MA, Joanne Pilcher takes us behind the scenes of the installation of the exhibition ‘Shoes Pleasure and Pain’. ……………. Recently Gallery 40 in the Victoria and Albert Museum has been a hubbub of activity as we have prepared for and installed everything for the exhibition ‘Shoes: Pleasure […]

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Impractical shoes

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To mark the opening of our wonderful ‘Shoes: Pleasure and Pain’ exhibition, I’d like to share with you these photographs, which came to light as part of my ongoing research into the historic reference photographs we have here at the V&A. These images show shoes in the collection of the Musée de Cluny in Paris. […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 99

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 99 Essex road today and continuing my Top 10 today and this is one of my all time favourites purely because Jimmy Choo’s only opened in 1996 and this must have been going way longer than that.   ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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All that glitters is not gold – or is it?

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The golden surface of the sandal viewed with the microscope inbuilt in the XRF machine. The laser in the center of the cross hairs shows the exact spot analysed, which is 0.2 mm across

Science meets Shoes. Go behind the scene and find out what we do to our objects before they can go on display. This is the tale of the two Lucias, Lucia the research assistant and Lucia the scientist: together we reveal aspects of our job related to the forthcoming exhibition “Shoes – Pleasure and Pain”. […]

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