January 28, 2020 - January 9, 2021

Walk This Way: Historic Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection explored 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 covered 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 was 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 was 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

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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

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

Flagler's Spirit Shoe Drive

February 4 - March 29, 2020

The Flagler Museum partnered with Shoes2You to collect approximately 100 new and gently used shoes in conjunction with our winter exhibition. Donations were accepted during regular admission hours from February 4 through March 29 at the entrance kiosk adjacent to the parking lot.

Staff members at the Museum came together to form Flagler's Spirit in 2016 as a way to give back to the local community, taking inspiration from Henry Flagler's many examples of generosity to the communities he developed along Florida's eastern seaboard. The Flagler's Spirit team focuses on providing opportunities for children and adults, who may not otherwise have them, to visit Whitehall and experience it in meaningful ways. The team also partners with local charitable organizations.