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Fanciful footwear goes on display at Albany Institute of History & Art

Jan Hopkins’ “Tolerance” pumps from 2008 are made from grapefruit peel, cantaloupe peel and waxed linen.
Jan Hopkins’ “Tolerance” pumps from 2008 are made from grapefruit peel, cantaloupe peel and waxed linen.
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More than 500 pairs of wild-and-crazy shoes have landed at the Albany Institute of History & Art. Created from clay, feathers, fabric, metal, paper and found objects by 100 artists from across the country, they are fantastical footwear, from a sculpture made of teeny Barbie doll slippers to stilettos more than 12 inches high. And this warning to women for whom shoes are as irresistible as chocolate: You can’t try them on. You can’t even ...

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