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A pair of shoes by Vincent van Gogh, Paris, 1886. Martin Heidegger mentions this particular work in The Origin of the Work of Art as an example of a painting that reveals (aletheia) a whole world.
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A pair of shoes by Vincent van Gogh, Paris, 1886. Martin Heidegger mentions this particular work in The Origin of the Work of Art as an example of a painting that reveals (aletheia) a whole world.
Woman with high heels. Illustration:  Édouard Manet's Nana
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Woman with high heels. Illustration: Édouard Manet's Nana

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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A shoe is an item of footwear intended to protect and comfort the human foot while doing various activities. Shoes are also used as an item of decoration. The design of shoes has varied enormously through time and from culture to culture, with appearance originally being tied to function. Additionally fashion has often dictated many design elements, such as whether shoes have very high heels or flat ones.

The foot contains more bones than any other single part of the body. Though it has evolved over hundreds of thousands of years in relation to vastly varied terrain and climate conditions, the foot is still vulnerable to environmental hazards such as sharp rocks and hot ground, against which shoes can protect.

Shoes in literature

Shoes play an important role on the fairy tales Cinderella and The Red Shoes. In literature and film, an empty shoe or a pair of shoes signifies death.

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