FOOTWEAR fashions and fads feature in a new exhibition at the Bagshaw Museum, Batley.
Shoe Heaven, which opens tomorrow, gives a fascinating insight into the world of shoes - from the materials and equipment used to make them to the huge range of everyday footwear and shoes for special occasions and uses.
The exhibition, which runs until mid November reveals how shoes reflect cultures and trends, the superstitions and stories behind shoes and the roles they play in people's lives.
"The shoes we wear reveal so much about us. Shoes can be loved or loathed, practical, fashionable or funky and the choices we make echo our personalities and the time we live in," said museums officer Kathryn White.
The display, which ran at Moldgreen's Tolson Museum, is compiled from the Kirklees Museums' collection of historical shoes and more modern footwear loaned by local people, collectors and shops.
As well as shoes with particular uses - like wellies, wedding shoes and dance shoes - the exhibition includes fashionable shoes, such as 1960s stilettos, 1970s platforms and modern designer shoes, including Dolce and Gabanna, Prada and Yves Saint Laurent.
The historical shoes on show range from Egyptian sandals dating from 800AD and Chinese sandals to 18th century buckle-fastened shoes and 19th and early 20th century evening shoes.
Children's shoes displayed include examples of those worn by Chinese girls to keep their feet small, a feature considered beautiful and crucial in attracting a husband.
There are also chimney shoes, which were hidden in buildings as good luck charms to ward off evil spirits.