The Leonard Lopate Show

If the Shoe Fits: A Walking Life

Friday, May 01, 2015

Patricia Morrisroe talks about her life in shoes, from baby booties to orthopedic brogues, and all the high and low heels in between. 

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In Opera, If the Shoe Fits...

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

There are reasons why opera singers need practical shoes, from daunting stage steps to sexy legs and short tenors. Fred Plotkin considers the role of footwear in opera.
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The Leonard Lopate Show

Killer Heels at the Brooklyn Museum

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The exhibition includes more than 160 artfully crafted high heels from the 17th century through today and explores how the heel became an iconic object of desire.

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High Heels: The Art and History of Objects of Desire and Torture

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A new exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum looks at the high-heeled shoe's enduring place in the popular imagination.


99% Invisible

119- Feet of Engineering

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

As a fashion object and symbol, the high heel shoe is weighted with meaning. It’s also weighted with the wearer’s entire body weight. The stiletto might be one of the only designs that is physically painful but has somehow has persisted for centuries.


New Jersey News

Ghosts of Sneakers Past

Wednesday, May 01, 2013


The cover of Boston magazine's May issue is a photo of running shoes worn by people who ran the marathon. In New Jersey, shoes are drawing an emotional reaction from young people who are walking a trail of shoes that represent lives lost to gun violence.

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The Takeaway

How Sneakers Explain the World

Friday, August 24, 2012

Since Air Jordans debuted in 1985, the sneaker industry has been dominated by basketball's biggest stars. But how have shoes risen to this level of prominence? And where does fashion intersect with sports, race, and class?

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The Takeaway

Reebok to Pay Settlement Over EasyTone Sneakers

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Some enticing advertisements for shoes by Reebok have been circulating, promising "up to 28 percent more of a work out for your butt, up to 11 percent more for your hamstrings and calves." It sounds like a lot to expect from a simple shoe, and the Justice Department is saying it's worse than just an exaggeration — the company is making false claims, and should reward disappointed customers with refunds, which could add up to $25 million.



'Air Patakis': The City's Jail Sneaker

Monday, August 08, 2011


For more than a decade, many of New York City's prisoners have -- in the name of safety and contraband control -- been required to sport canvas sneakers that have come to be known by a memorable nickname.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Alexandra Jacobs on Zappos

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Alexandra Jacobs talks about the online shoe store Zappos.


Studio 360

Design for the Real World: Sneakers

Saturday, July 21, 2001

Paola Antonelli, design curator at the Museum of Modern Art, finds sublime design in a rubber-soled wonder: the sneaker.