Shoes have long been the subject of fetishes, books, art and tradition. From henna tattooed feet to bound feet to shoe designers like Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo, footwear is of interest to both shopaholics and penny pinchers. Whether you have a closet full of $500 shoes or just one pair of Birkenstocks, shoes are worn by just about everyone.
Admire from a distance is exactly what you do when you visit Liza Snook’s Virtual Shoe Museum. The museum dates back to 2004 when Ms. Snook started to exchange ideas with designers, publishers, photographers and other people connected to the shoe business. The result has been a wonderful collection of beautiful, extravagant, exciting, thought provoking shoes both real and virtual from all over the world.
Searchable by everything from the designer’s name to the focus, use or style, the site is filled with imaginative and beautiful designs. Even sculpture. Be sure to look at the ‘extreme’ section.
Ms. Snook separates her collection by categories such as color, designer, focus, material, object type, shoe type, special use and style. These categories are then separated into very,very interesting subcategories which are exquisite, provoking, daring, controversial and revolutionizing. Some of the subcategories under “style” for instance are:”kinky”, “minimal”, “transformer”, “gothic” and “experimental”.
Lisa Snook’s Virtual Shoe Museum is definitely worth a visit or two and I can’t seem to be able to get out of the website. The “extreme” section in category “shoe type” is mesmerizing and the kinky section under “style”
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