After a few days recovering from jetlag and a head cold, and having consumed mass quantities of tea I was able to get out. One of my favourite places as a child and a teen was the Shipley Art Gallery. They had a great exhibit called " The Agony and the Ecstasy". What made it particularly interesting is that they didn't break down the shoes into periods and label the age, but had them displayed mixed together. At times you couldn't tell if you were looking at a shoe style from the past or the present. I thought it clever really, as it made your really examine the shoes. One shoe in particular seemed like an old shoe until you really examined the materials. It is 2006 and I am still seeing some girls wearing these vintage styles LOL!
Here is a link to the The Bata Shoe Museum which has some great pics of shoes from around the world.
Looking at the beautiful but tiny lotus shoes it is hard to imagine anyone's foot being able to fit in.