Exhibition: "Schuhtick" in Bonn

I owe you a post about my trip to the "Schuhtick" exhibition in Bonn which I've already done some weeks ago. But you can still visit the exhibition until March 10th. 

Unfortunately, it wasn't allowed to take picture ;-(. Evil me, made some with the iPhone, secretly...! So, I can't show many pictures and the ones I took have a really bad quality. Sorry for that. 

But I still wanted to give you some information and maybe the one or the other of you who lives nearby has a chance to visit. It's really worth it! More than 400 pieces from all over the world and from all epochs are shown.

A catwalk decorates the entrance of the exhibition where you can try walking in more than 100 different shoes from no heel to highest heels. Everything the heart desires! Some shoes are presented in huge shoe boxes to walk in and some (really fragile pieces) are shown in cabinets. 

Starting with the (maybe) very first shoes from Ötzi (the man from the ice) which are supposed to be more than 40.000 years old, up to the Middle Ages, further on to Baroque and Rococo periods to the 18th century,  the 19th century and last, but not least to our present times....you can see shoes from their very beginning up to now. And it's really fascinating to see that some details of our currents shoes have their origin in very very faraway times. So, I learned that shoes during the Middle Ages had two bars (front and back) under the sole (to avoid the dirt, mostly feces, on the streets) which could be some kind of forerunner to our platform shoes like the Buffalo's in the 90ies.

Moreover, you'll see shoes that showed a certain status and authority (especially in former times). What I also never thought about before is that heels weren't only for women in previous epochs. Above all, they showed the power and influence of certain men.

weddings shoes 

There's also foot jewelry  regarding sensuality and eroticism. Funny little story...in ancient Egypt the prostitutes wore shoes with an imprint under the sole that said something like "Follow me" :-).

Also special shoes like working boots (from firemen) or sport shoes (from Boris Becker when he won Wimbledon) are exhibited.

well-known ;-) from 1960

Converse & Vans

Birkenstock's designed by Heidi Klum

The last part of the exhibition is dedicated to the art of shoe design and todays greatest (shoe) designers like Manolo Blahnik, YSL, Vivian Westwood, Karl Lagerfeld, Roger Vivier or      Salvatore Ferragamo and some more.

from 1980 - Salvatore Ferragamo


crazy Banana shoes

from 1983 - look familiar, right? :-)

After the exhibition I went straight to the museum shop (I looove museum shops) and bought the book "Schuhtick", of course. You can find all information there, too and I think, it's always good to have some reference books in the shelf.

book to the exhibition

another book I bought at the shop

So, if you live here, hurry and visit the exhibition. It's really really worth to see and learn so much!

Have a wonderful weekend all.


  1. This looks so fun! I wish I could go :( The cat shoes are my favorite !


  2. Hi! :) could you tell me which was the entry fee to this event?

    1. Hi Sylvia, it was 8€. This is the regular entry fee to the museum. No etxras!

  3. Thanks Katharina :) Greetings from México :D