"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."
"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.