“Walk of Art: Visionary Shoes,” an exhibition of “conceptual, artistic and extreme footwear” by the Jerusalem-based Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, opened Tuesday for a two-week run at the Refusalon Gallery in San Francisco.
The free exhibit explores the art and cult following of women’s shoes and will feature nearly 60 contemporary designs created by students and alumni of the academy.
The exhibition blends traditional craft with nontraditional materials, including porcelain, glass, metal and wood, and even has futuristic 3D printed shoes.
“Shoes are objects that have an almost mystical ability to instantly rivet us,” said curator Ya’ara Keydar, a New York-based fashion scholar and instructor at New York University. He described the exhibit as “an exploration of the charged history, iconic shapes and mystery that so often surrounds shoes through the lens of burgeoning Israeli designers and alumni of the Bezalel.”