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>> Footwear that crosses over boundaries of culture and class, vintage stilettos, sandals and boots on display this spring for shoe lovers to admire and fawn over. I'm Havovi Cooper for Reuters at a special shoe exhibit at the New York historical society. This collection of 100 shoes belongs to Stuart Weitzman and his wife's extensive private collection.
Weitzman, like his father, Seymour, is one of the legendary shoe designers of his generation.>> I'm of those guys that, for some reason, my wife thought I had everything and she really didn't know what to find for me on occasions and non-occasions. Shoes became the answer.>> For 30 years, Weitzman's wife helped build their collection of vintage shoes.
Now part of an exhibition titled Walk This Way, which not only spotlights Weitzman's deep passion for footwear, but also threads through the history of shoes, with some surprises.>> High-heeled shoes were originally something that men wore not women. So the male aristocrat was elevated by the high heel.
And we think of that as such gendered sort of thing.>> Among the shoes on display are Weitzman's own creations, like this signature slinky heels, dubbed the million dollar sandal. But the most valuable pair are these spectator pumps from the early 40s, that the New York Yankees signed for Joe DiMaggio to give to his girlfriend.
So what does the modern woman absolutely needs to have in her wardrobe?>> Definitely need that perfect pump for the right occasion, you need a beautiful sandal on a heel. And in today's world, a cool sneaker which is the current craze in footwear.>> Craze is right, this pair of Stuart Weitzman sneakers, retail for nearly $500, cashing in on the hot trend.