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Shoe Obsession Exhibition at the Museum of FIT

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For shoe lovers everywhere, the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is showing "Shoe Obsession." This exhibition presents some of the most extreme shoes ever. With over 150 different types of shoes to admire, the exhibition suggests that shoes have surpassed the popularity of any other accessory. Ultimately, high heels (and we mean high, four inches is considered low now) have become the favorite shoe of choice in the 21st century.

"Beautifully-made, imaginatively-designed high heels can confer upon the wearer an Olympian sense of power, beauty, and status, valarie Steele, director and chief curator at the Museum says.

"Handbags have some of that aspect, but shoes are so much more playful than that," she says. "Many women I have talked to say the shoes talk to them. They say, 'buy me, take me home.' And unlike clothing, shoes have a shape, they are sculptural. They're like little miniature works of art."

The exhibition hosts examples from various design houses such as Chanel and Prada and other rising young shoe designers from all over the world. Many people associate the fascination with shoes from the popularity of the television show, "Sex and the City."

"Over the past 10 years, more and more women have become interested in high-end designer shoes, so something that a decade ago was only the province of a real sort of shoe addicts, as in 'Sex and the City,' now has become democratized," Steele says.

Visit Shoe Obsession through April 13 at the museum located at Seventh Avenue at 27 Street. The museum is open Tuesday - Saturday and is free.

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Why? Because shoes are a part of New York culture
When: Feb 8 - April 13
Phone: 212-217-4558
Where: Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technolog
Cost: Free
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