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Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

13 June 2015 – 31 January 2016. This exhibition looked at the extremes of footwear from around the globe, presenting around 200 pairs of shoes ranging from a sandal decorated in pure gold leaf originating from ancient Egypt to the most elaborate designs by contemporary makers.

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Sponsored by Clarks

British shoe retailer and manufacturer Clarks are delighted to be partnering with the V&A as part of the brand’s 190 year celebrations. Find out more about the brand’s history here. The partnership includes exclusive product collaborations and lead sponsorship of the Shoes: Pleasure and Pain exhibition.

Supported by
Agent Provocateur

With additional thanks to

The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers




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