The collection includes shoes that have witnessed everything from marches for women's suffrage to dancing the Charleston during the Jazz Era! Regardless of the scenario, shoes tell all kinds of stories. The way shoes have developed over the years offers a unique insight into the ways in which women’s role in society has changed over time. Sometimes shoes simply protect our feet from the elements, other times they’re the final puzzle piece needed to complete an outfit.
Fenton Footwear, maker, Pumps, late 1920s, silk, metallic fabric, and kid leather, Stuart Weitzman Collection, no. 247. Photo credit: Glenn Castellano, New-York Historical Society
Whether we’re walking into a job interview, a first date, or our first day at a new job, there is no denying the important role shoes play in everyday life. At Idlewild we put a lot of thought into curating a wide array of footwear for our guests to pick from. Who knows, maybe one day the shoes you choose to wear will help you make history!
David Evins (1907–1991), designer, Column-heel Pumps, about 1970, plastic, Stuart Weitzman, no. 81. Photo credit: Glenn Castellano, New-York Historical Society
Buttoned Shoe (detail), about 1915, leather, beads, and buttons, Stuart Weitzman Collection, no. 25. Photo credit: Glenn Castellano, New-York Historical Society
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