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New York and the Art of the High Heel

Stilettos, heels, pumps—or Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin—appear at the Brooklyn Museum’s Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe exhibit.

The Brooklyn Museum kicks off a new high-heels exhibition this month, so we’re celebrating with a guide to this season’s wildest footwear.

Shoe Showcase

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(Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh's “A Pause in an Abstract Painting” photo ©Brian Buckley)

If fashion were a religion (and some say it is), high heels would certainly be a cult. Names like Manolo, Choo and Louboutin have been elevated to god status, with red soles and stiletto heels as totems. The Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Pkwy., at Washington Ave., Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, 718.638.5000) explores the history of these provocative emblems with more than 160 shoes on display in Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe (Sept. 10-Feb. 15, 2015). Highlights include Lady Gaga’s 8-inch-heeled bootie; Dior’s stiletto mules made of silk, metal and glass; and Céline’s fur pump. Shoe-la-la!

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