January 28, 2019 - May 10, 2020

Walk This Way: Historic Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection explores how shoes have transcended their utilitarian purpose to become representations of culture — coveted as objects of desire, designed with artistic consideration, and expressing complicated meanings of femininity, power, and aspiration for women and men alike. Featuring 100 pairs of shoes from iconic designer Stuart Weitzman’s extensive private collection assembled over three decades with his wife Jane Gershon Weitzman, the exhibition covers larger trends in American economic history, from industrialization to the rise of consumer culture, with a focus on women’s contributions as producers, consumers, designers, and entrepreneurs.

This exhibition has been organized by the New-York Historical Society.

An illustrated companion volume titled Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes by Edward Maeder with contributions by Stuart Weitzman and Valerie Paley will be available for purchase in the Museum Store.


Exhibition funded in part by: 

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8 T strap pumps 1937 no 249 web

Fenton Footwear, maker
T-strap pumps, ca. 1937
Velveteen, leather
Stuart Weitzman Collection, no. 249

5 DOrsay evening shoes 1928 no 153 web

Babers Ltd., maker
D’Orsay evening shoes, ca. 1928
Jersey, United Kingdom
Silk brocade, kid leather, rhinestones, beads
Stuart Weitzman Collection, no. 153

3 lace up boots 1900 no 59 web

Unidentified maker
Lace-up boots, ca. 1900
Silk and silk brocade
Stuart Weitzman Collection, no. 59

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Seymour Weitzman (1910–65), designer
Mr. Seymour (founded 1950s), maker
Pointed-toe lace-up pumps, ca. 1964
Suede, grosgrain ribbon
Stuart Weitzman Collection, no. 269
Photos: Glenn Castellano, New-York Historical Society

Walk This Way Lecture

Space is limited, advance reservations required walk this way lecture panelists web

Walk This Way: Historic Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection
Moderator: Valerie Paley, Director of the Center for Women's History at the New-York Historical Society Museum and Library
Panelists: Jane Gershon Weitzman, philanthropist; Stuart Weitzman, designer
January 31, 2020, at 3:00 pm

Free for Members, Sustaining level and higher
Free for Whitehall Society Members
$10 for Members, Individual and Family level
$28 for Non-members, includes Museum admission

In conjunction with our Winter Exhibition, Valerie Paley (left) will moderate a conversation between Stuart Weitzman (center) and Jane Gershon Weitzman (right), exploring the couple's spectacular and historical shoe collection.

Walk This Way Guided Tours

Wednesdays at Noon
(Feb. 5 - May 6)

Visiting the Walk This Way exhibition, located on Whitehall's second floor near the elevator, is included with Museum admission. On Wednesdays at Noon, visitors may also enjoy a complimentary guided exhibition tour with a Museum docent.