Nicholas Kirkwood. Pumps, Spring/Summer 2013. Suede with gold and clear Swarovski crystals. Courtesy of Nicholas Kirkwood. Photo: Jay Zukerkorn

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'Killer Heels': The art of the high-heeled shoe

High-heeled shoes — a signifier of sexiness, femininity, glamour and status through the ages — are on display at the Brooklyn Museum.

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Killer Heels

Kicking off New York Fashion Week, a new exhibition at the Brooklyn Musuem entitled "Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe" looks at high-heeled shoes from the 1600s to the present. See some of the quirky and kinky shoes here.

André Perugia's "Evening Sandals" 1928-29, made of leather and metal.

Lea Ingold And Lolly Koon
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Cat Potter's "Pernilla, Look 5."

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Aperlaï.'s “Geisha Lines,” from Fall 2013, made of leather.

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Balenciaga. Block Heel, Spring 2013. Courtesy of Marie-Amélie Sauvé. Brooklyn Museum photograph

Balenciaga's block heel, Spring 2013.

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Beth Levine's “Kabuki,” an evening shoe, circa 1965 in silk, metal, and wood.

Lea Ingold And Lolly Koon
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Casuccio e Scalera per Loris Azzaro's sandal, 1974–79 made of leather, synthetic material and cotton.

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Chau Har Lee's “Blade Heel,” from 2010, made of perspex, stainless steel and leather.

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Chinese. Manchu Woman's Shoe, 19th century. Cotton, embroidered satin-weave silk. Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, 34.1060a, b. Brooklyn Museum photograph

Manchu Woman's Shoe, 19th century, from China, made of cotton and embroidered satin-weave silk.

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Christian Dior and Roger Vivier's evening slippers for House of Dior,1960, made of silk, metal, synthetic and glass.

Metropolitan Museum Of Art
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Christian Louboutin's “Metropolis,” Fall/Winter 2010-11, made of calfskin and silver spikes.

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"Printz" by Christian Louboutin, Spring and Summer 2013-14.

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French boots from 1900-1920s, made of leather and cellulose.

Metropolitan Museum Of Art
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Iris van Herpen X United Nude's, “Beyond Wilderness,” from 2013.

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French shoes from 1690-1700s, made of silk and leather.

Metropolitan Museum Of Art
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Chopine's Italian shoe,1550-1650s, made of silk and metal. High-platformed shoes were especially popular among Venetian women.

Lea Ingold And Lolly Koon
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JANTAMINIAU's “L’Image Tranquille,” 2013. Handcrafted by René van den Bezrg.

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Miu Miu. "Cammeo Baroque" Leather Wedge, Fall/Winter 2006. Courtesy of Prada USA Corp. Photo: Jay Zukerkorn

Miu Miu's "Cammeo Baroque" leather wedge, Fall/Winter 2006.

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Nicholas Kirkwood. Pumps, Spring/Summer 2013. Suede with gold and clear Swarovski crystals. Courtesy of Nicholas Kirkwood. Photo: Jay Zukerkorn

Nicholas Kirkwood's pumps, Spring/Summer 2013, made of suede with gold and clear Swarovski crystals.

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Noritaka Tatehana's “Atom,” 2012-13, made from faux leather.

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Prada. Wedge Sandal in Rosso, Bianco, and Nero Leather, Spring/Summer 2012. Courtesy of Prada USA Corp. Photo: Jay Zukerkorn

Prada's wedge sandal in Rosso, Bianco and Nero leather, Spring/Summer 2012.

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Rem D. Koolhaas' “Eamz,” 2004.

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Roger Vivier's "Virgule Houndstooth,” Fall 2014, made of calf hair.

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Salvatore Ferragamo's platform sandal, 1938, made of leather and cork.

Metropolitan Museum Of Art
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Victor (American). Platform Sandal, circa 1940. Leather. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Vivian Mook Baer in memory of Sylvia Terner Mook, 1983. 2009.300.1614a, b. Brooklyn Museum photograph, Mellon Costume Documentation Project, Lea Ingold and Lolly Koon, photographers

Victor's platform sandal, circa 1940, America, made of leather.

Lea Ingold And Lolly Koon
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Vivienne Westwood's “Super Elevated Gillie,” 1993.

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Walter Steiger's “Unicorn Tayss,” Spring 2013.

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Winde Rienstra's “Bamboo Heel,” 2012, made of bamboo, glue and plastic cable ties.

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