Giant Katy Perry and Kimberley Walsh prop joins Shoe Heaven at Southend Central Museum

By Culture24 Reporter | 05 February 2013

Exhibition preview: Shoe Heaven, Central Museum, Southend-on-Sea, until June 29 2013

A photo of a female pop star singing into a microphone on stage sitting in a giant shoe
A Katy Perry shoe will tower inside a Southend museum during half-term© Event Prop Hire, Leeds
Exhibition launches are usually the stuff of photoshoots and faces twinkling merrily above champagne glasses.

Southend’s newest opening, though, resulted in a series of shots zooming in on 1940s dancing shoes, heels under fluffy bows and funky looking Rocket Dogs.

And it’s about to get even more popular. During half-term, a giant shoe used by Katy Perry when the prop princess sprawled inside it at the 2009 MTV awards, is on display.

Kimberley Walsh, the Girls Aloud singer more recently idolised for her performances on BBC's prime-time hit Strictly Come Dancing, also posed in it for the band’s Out of Control arena hop.

For those keen on more classic examples there is also plenty of historic footwear on show such as shipwrecked Elizabethan sailors’ boots and a 17th century slap sole shoe - one of only a few surviving examples in the world.

The exhibition, which traces an arc of shoemaking and cobbling from the 14th to the 21st century also boasts a series of accompanying events including a pamper night, a raffle offering £150 in shoe vouchers and a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum’s shoe stores.

  • Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm. Admission free. Follow the museum on Twitter @SouthendMuseums.

More pictures:

A photo of various pictures of girls from a pop band posing for a tour programme
© Event Prop Hire, Leeds
A photo of a large, ancient light green curved shoe with a silver buckle and huge heel
© Southend Museums Service
A photo of a pair of bright red shoes with floral bows on the front and vertiginous heels
© Southend Museums Service
A photo of a pair of heeled fashion shoes coloured suede brown and black
© Southend Museums Service
An overhead photo of a pair of pointy fashion shoes with a black front and brown interior
© Southend Museums Service
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