The “Killer Heels” Exhibit is…killer. Here’s why…

To be blunt (instead of tiptoeing around the matter), I was astonished by Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe, an exhibit currently on display at the Currier Museum of Art.

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It is phenomenal in more ways than one; therefore, if you have the opportunity see Killer Heels in-person, I highly recommend it (and considering it’s there until May 15, you’ll have plenty of time to fit it into your schedule).

With a 100+ heels on display (and short films playing in nooks throughout the gallery), it’s an exhibit that has something for everyone – even men. In fact, as the first wall sign points out, “high heels were first worn in the West by aristocratic men at the end of the sixteenth century.”

My top pick:

As you can probably imagine, choosing which (and how many) heels to cover in this blog post was a tough decision. However, there was one pair that blew me away. They are known as the Healing Fukishima (Nanohana Heels), from 2012, by artist/designer Sputniko:

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Why are the Nanohana Heels so “killer”?

To summarize what the description said, these heels were designed after the Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011. The flowers covering the shoes are from plants “whose seeds are known to absorb radioactive substances from the soil.” As the shoe is worn and the person walks, seeds are dispensed from the side area and planted in the ground. (Here is a 14 second video showing the heels in action.) …Amazing, right?

Other heels that floored me:

  • Mae West Pre-Fall 2013 by designer Charlotte Olympia. If you’re not seeing what makes it so “killer,” here’s a hint: follow the curves with your eyes…

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  • Horse Shoes 3 by designer Iris Schieferstein (from 2006). These floored me because they’re bizarre and I’ve never seen anything like them…ever:

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Like I said above, I could easily continue on with this show-and-tell blog post, but I don’t want to spoil the exhibit for you if/when you go in-person. 🙂

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