Dallas Museum Showcases Historic Women’s Rights Footwear

Dallas Museum Showcases Historic Women’s Rights Footwear

The Dallas Museum presents “Walk this Way,” an exhibition showcasing over 100 historic shoes from Stuart Weitzman’s collection, highlighting tales of women’s rights and activism, according to a PR Newswire article. They say, 


“The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum announces a new special exhibition, Walk this Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes, opening to the public on February 9 and on view until July 14, 2024. Organized by the New-York Historical Society, the exhibition presents the story of the shoe as it has never been told, featuring more than 100 striking pairs of shoes, spanning nearly 200 years, from the personal collection of iconic shoe designer Stuart Weitzman and businesswoman and philanthropist Jane Gershon Weitzman. An integral part of our everyday lives, shoes not only protect our feet, but tell stories centered around women’s labor activism, the fight for suffrage and equal rights, the sexual revolution, and more.”


The exhibition, featuring Stuart Weitzman’s women’s shoes, delves into the history of women’s rights in the U.S., using footwear as symbolic storytellers, according to a D Magazine article. In it they say, 


“On display through July 14, the exhibition features more than 100 historical women’s stilettos, slippers, mules, and more from the private collection of designer Stuart Weitzman. The exhibition hall was packed Thursday, as men and women shuffled in a lazy circle past glass display cases of sparkling high heels, leather boots, and satin flats.


The shoes are the stars, and they tell a much larger story than fashion. “The exhibition uses the shoes to really explore the evolution of women’s rights in history, particularly in the United States,” says Mary Pat Higgins, the museum’s president and CEO.”


Higgins highlights a student-designed shoe named “Empowerment,” symbolizing women’s upliftment through education and emphasizing the museum’s mission to educate and combat prejudice.