Traveling Exhibition

Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes

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The story of the shoe as it has never been told before! Featuring over 110 pieces from a collection assembled over several decades by the famous shoe designer Stuart Weitzman and his wife, businesswoman and philanthropist Jane Gershon Weitzman.

With a focus on the women who designed, manufactured, sold, and collected footwear, Walk This Way presents the story of the shoe as it has never been told before. Featuring over 110 pieces from a collection assembled over several decades by the famous shoe designer and his wife, businesswoman and philanthropist Jane Gershon Weitzman, the exhibition ranges from a pair of satin wedding shoes worn in 1838 to a pair of glam-rock platform sandals from 1970s London. These unique artifacts allow Walk This Way to approach the story of the shoe from the perspectives of collection, consumption, production, design, and presentation.

The Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes is supplemented and contextualized by additional footwear, images, and documents drawn primarily from the collections of the New-York Historical Society museum and library, such as the pair of shoes worn by a lawyer during his evacuation from the North Tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11.

Rather than focusing on cutting-edge fashion or the artistry of a particular designer, the shoes in Walk This Way tell a larger story. Elevated above the mundane task of protecting the skin of the foot from the crust of the earth, these shoes transcend their utilitarian purpose. As objects of desire and deliberation, they call up abstract considerations—like the freighted meanings of femininity, power, domination, and aspiration—for both women and men alike. 

Available for travel.

For more information, please e-mail travelingexhibitions@nyhistory.org.

Tour Schedule

For booking information, please contact travelingexhibitions@nyhistory.org.

Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, January 28, 2020 – January 10, 2021
Taft Museum of Art, February 27, 2021 – June 6, 2021
Paine Art Center and Garden, June 26, 2021 – October 10, 2021

Resources

An illustrated companion book accompanies the exhibition. Written by Edward Maeder, the founding director of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. Essays by Stuart A. Weitzman, the founder of the eponymous shoe company, and Valerie Paley, New-York Historical's Vice-President, Chief Historian, and Director of the Center for Women's History.

Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Evelyn & Seymour Neuman Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.

  • NYC Cultural Affairs
  • NY Council on the Arts

Media sponsor:

  • WNET New York Public Media