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Shoes can be expressive. They reflect the wearer’s personality.

Shoes can be special. They are purchased for important occasions such as the first day of school or a wedding. Shoes can be status symbols. Both past and present designer brands remain exclusive. Shoes can be works of art. They are designed and created. Shoes can be magical. They are central to stories such as 'The Wizard of Oz' and 'Cinderella'. Shoes can be good luck charms. Concealed in the fabric of buildings, they were thought to offer protection from evil spirits.

Explore the history of footwear through the collections at Lynn Museum and Norwich Costume and Textiles.