10inch stripey platforms, slip-ons made with human hair and wet look men's stilettos! A history of shoes from the 1606 to present day in pictures
18:29 GMT, 14 September 2012
From New Look party heels to Christian Louboutin sky high red-soled stilettos, we are an age consumed by fabulous footwear.
But thanks to a new exhibition, the history of shoes has been revealed with hilarious effect.
Northampton Museums & Art Gallery has put its collection of shoes and boots on display as part of Global Footprint – a visual arts and living heritage programme designed to raise awareness of and showcase Northamptonshire’s long-standing shoe and boot industry.
From shoes made out of hair to men's stilettos, the collection charts the colourful history of footwear. FEMAIL bring you the history of shoes in pictures….
The Cloud and Rainbow shoe, designed by Thea Cadabra in 1984, depicts how lots of women dream of shoes, and this is Thea's answer: a shoe fit for only for dreams and fairy tales
This pair of orange and pink synthetic platform shoes proves that the 1980s were a decade of big hair, big shoulders and even bigger heels and at 11 inches you can stand tall
This gold barette shoe designed by Charles Hind in 1889 proves that 5 inch heels have been high in the fashion stakes for generations
Naked Lady ankle strap shoe (1978): Part shoe, part work of art – this shoe proves that BDSM was alive and whipping well ahead of the Fifty Shades effect
Silver Platforms (1971): Truly Abbatastic, in many ways these silver platforms designed by John Flueveg for Sacha, epitomise an era
Made by Native American husks in 1980, these shoes were only worn by the dead as a burial shoe, younger members of the tribe are now selling them
Union Jack Glitter Platform Boot made by Shellys (c1997). No-one can forget Ginger's famously patriotic outfit which remains a one off bastion of British fashion
Dragon shoe made by Thea Cadabra (1979 & 1996) Having a bad day Let your shoes do the talking with these monsters made by Thea Cadabra for The Crafts Council Shoe Show in 1979
Men's Patent Leather Wet-look stilettoes (1973-1977) It's not just girls who need a pair of stilettos. These fetish shoes have a 7-inch stiletto heel and are a size 11
Turkish Bath clogs (1900) These Turkish bath clogs finish off the be-robed and hair-in-a-towel look to perfection
Pom pom shoes: These Pakistani wool and leather 'pom pom' mules are strictly for narrow footed individuals
Prize Exhibition Mule (1851) Tiny toes were a must to pull off these Brocade and Silk Mules