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Pair of shoes

Pair of shoes

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1972 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    de Havilland, Terry (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Snakeskin leather and cotton

  • Credit Line:

    Given by David Shilling

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This type of men's shoe was fashionable in the 1970s. They are made of a patchwork of snakeskin leather in irridescent metallic colours. They have platform soles and high heels with a blunt square toe. Platform shoes were worn by both men and women.The more flamboyant rock stars of the day such as David Bowie and Elton John wore the most extreme examples.

Physical description

Pair of men's snakeskin leather platform shoes in irridescent metallic colours. Made from patchwork snakeskin. High heels, thick soles and rounded square toes. Lined with white leather. Laces of blue and red striped cotton.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1972 (made)


de Havilland, Terry (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Snakeskin leather and cotton


Length: 28.5 cm, Height: 7 cm heel, Thickness: 2 cm sole, Height: 13.6 cm maximum, Width: 10 cm maximum, Length: 11.25 in, Height: 2.75 in heel, Thickness: 0.75 in sole

Descriptive line

Pair of snakeskin leather platform shoes, designed by Terry de Havilland, Great Britain, 1972

Labels and date

Label for the exhibition Shoes: Pleasure and Pain
Men’s platform shoes
Terry de Havilland
Snakeskin, leather and cotton
Given by David Shilling
V&A: T.78&A-1983 [2015-2016]


Snakeskin leather


Tanning; Shoe-making


Accessories; Fashion; Footwear; Men's clothes; Leather


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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