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Pair of Shoes

1972 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
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Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Shoe
  • Shoe
Materials and Techniques
Snakeskin leather and cotton
Brief Description
Pair of snakeskin leather platform shoes, designed by Terry de Havilland, Great Britain, 1972
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.
Dimensions
  • Length: 28.5cm
  • Heel height: 7cm
  • Sole thickness: 2cm
  • Height: 13.6cm (maximum)
  • Width: 10cm (maximum)
  • Length: 11.25in
  • Heel height: 2.75in
  • Sole thickness: 0.75in
Gallery Label
Label for the exhibition Shoes: Pleasure and Pain Men’s platform shoes 1972 London Terry de Havilland Snakeskin, leather and cotton Given by David Shilling V&A: T.78&A-1983(2015-2016)
Credit line
Given by David Shilling
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession Number
T.78&A-1983

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record createdFebruary 11, 2003
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