Wednesday, October 7, 2009

"SONS" - Shoes or No Shoes

SONS is a gallery, located in East Flanders, Belgium, that displays over 5,000 different pairs of shoes from nearly every part of the world.

It consists of three collections. The Ethnographic Collection, amassed by former shoe distributor William Habraken, includes 2,700 pairs from 155 countries and is acknowledged by the Guinness World Records as the largest collection of tribal and ethnological shoes.

Antwerp-based shoemaker couple Veerle Swenters and Pierre Bogaerts contributed the Modern Collection -- some 1,200 pairs acquired from artists around the world.

The Designer Collection, also accumulated by Habraken, showcases unique footwear form 20th-century and contemporary designers including Salvatore Ferragamo, Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik.

Very interesting, especially when think how long shoes have been worn by humans. Paleontologist Erik Trinkaus purports that man started wearing shoes between 26,000 and 40,000 years ago. Look at the new Yeezys and think how far we've come...

[Link: TheCoolHunter]

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