Stilettos to Sneakers: A Virtual Shoe Symposium
The Museum at FIT’s 25th fashion symposium Stilettos to Sneakers: A Virtual Shoe Symposium brought together scholars and curators and their new research on the social and cultural significance of shoes. Shoes have played an important role in human society for millennia, but interest in them has grown exponentially in the past few decades with Americans—especially women—buying more shoes. A growing cohort of men have begun collecting sneakers. This symposium explored the evolving significance of shoes over the centuries—in real life and in the cultural imagination. In this way, we hoped to show the many ways in which shoes matter to us.
The symposium was organized in conjunction with the exhibition Head to Toe, which runs through May 8, 2022.
Watch recordings of all speaker presentations on The Museum at FIT's YouTube Channel!