These Shoes were Made for Walking

27th August 2012

Shoes from 1800 – 1990`Celebrity Shoes,` such as those worn by Rob Muldoon when he called the snap election in 1984 and boots worn by Mark Todd when he received his gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics, are part of a new exhibition at Waikanae`s Kapiti Coast Museum.

The exhibition, which provides a light-hearted look at shoes and their development over the decades, starts with a pair of early 1800`s hand-sewn pale blue silk dancing shoes, with both feet the same shape.

The more wacky shoes are made of hair, paua shells, car tyres and ostrich skin. Hobnail boots actually have nails hammered into the soles, and a Nigerian riding shoe has a built-in spur.

The shoes were part of a large collection originally put together by Jim McIntosh, who formed the New Zealand Shoe Museum.

They were later donated to the Kapiti Coast Museum which is honoured to be able to display them to the public once again.

Kapiti Coast Museum, 9 Elizabeth St,  Waikanae

Open 2-4pmSaturday, Sunday, Public Holidays and by arrangement.