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Art & Sole: Fantasy Shoes from the Jane Gershon Weitzman Collection

Art & Sole: Fantasy Shoes from the Jane Gershon Weitzman Collection

Since opening its doors in 1996, luxury shoe brand Stuart Weitzman’s Madison Avenue flagship store has showcased footwear commissioned by artists, designers and craftsmen from around the world. Art & Sole features over 150 of the most inventive examples of these fantasy art shoes, remarkable for their imaginative construction and elaborate adornment. Shoes are constructed of unexpected materials such as bronze, ceramic, wire, Plexiglas or, in the case of Robert Steele, corrugated cardboard. Other shoes are noteworthy for their surfaces, embellished with feathers, gems, fresh flowers and cake frosting. Evelyn Kaplan, who works in a mosaic art form pique assiette, crafted shoes from pieces of vintage china, porcelain and ceramic knickknacks. Joan Klimo, who worked in fabric and mixed media, transformed shoes into whimsical soft sculptures.

Art & Sole was curated by Jane Gershon Weitzman, Executive Vice President of Stuart Weitzman and Stuart Weitzman Retail. Gershon Weitzman also authored a book highlighting the collection.


The exhibition was held at the bassX temporary exhibition space in the Miami Beach Regional Library. BassX was generously funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.