Past Exhibitions

All About Shoes: Footwear Through the Ages – Permanent Exhibition

Temporary Exhibitions:

Obsessed: How Shoes Became Objects of Desire (2024)

Future Now: Virtual Sneakers to Cutting-Edge Kicks (2023)

The Great Divide: Footwear in The Age of Enlightenment (2022)

All Dolled Up: Fashioning Cultural Expectations (2022)

The Gold Standard: Glittering Footwear From Around the Globe (2021)

WANT: Desire, Design and Depression Era Footwear (2018)

Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes (2018)

Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels (2015)

Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of 19th Century Dress (2014)

Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture (2013)

Collected in the Field: Shoemaking Traditions from Around the World (2013)

Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection (2012)

The Roaring 20’s: Hemlines, Heels and High Hopes (2011)

Art in Shoes/Shoes in Art (2010)

Socks: Between You and Your Shoes (2010)

On a Pedestal: From Renaissance Chopines to Baroque Heels (2009 – September 20, 2010)

On Pointe: The Rise of the Ballet Shoe (2008-2009)

Beauty, Identity, Pride: Native North American Footwear (2009 –

The Charm of Rococo: Femininity and Footwear of the 18th century(2006–2008)

Watched by Heaven, Tied to Earth: Summoning Animal Protection for Chinese Children(2006–2007)

Icons of Elegance: Influential Shoe Designers of the 20th century(2005–2007)

Paths Across the Plains: Native Footwear of the Great Plains(2004–2005)

The Perfect Pair: Wedding Shoe Stories(2002–2004)

Heights of Fashion: A History of the Elevated Foot(2001)

Every Step a Lotus: Shoes in the Lives of Chinese Women from Late Imperial China(2001)

Paduka: Feet and Footwear in the Indian Tradition(July 1999 – June 2000)

Herbert and Beth Levine: An American Pair(June 1999 – December 1999)

Japanese Footgear: Walking the Path of Innovation(February 1999 – January 2000)

Footsteps on the Sacred Earth: Southwestern Native Footwear(July 1998 – June 1999)

Little Feats: A Celebration of Children’s Shoes(October 1998 – May 1999)

Spirit of Siberia(June 1997 – June 1998); Dance! (March 1997 – February 1999)

The Taming of the Shoe: From Attic to Exhibition(November 1997 – October 1998)

Footwear Fantasia: Shoe Sculptures by Garry Greenwood (April – November 1997)

Loose Tongues and Lost Soles: Shoes in Cartoon and Caricature(spring – fall 1997)

Dance! – Minuet to Disco(March 1997 – February 1999)

Rock and Sole – Basketball footwear(February 1997 – November 1997)

Tradition and Innovation: Northern Athapaskan Footwear(June 1996 –June 1997)

Shoe Dreams: Designs by Andrea Pfister(May 1996 – January 1997)

The Gentle Step – The Ladies Realm of Fashion 1800 – 1900(May 1995 – February 1997)

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe: Illustrations from Contemporary Children’s Books about Shoes(May 1995 – April 1996)

Inuit Boots: A Women’s Art(May 1995 – May 1996)