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SPRING 2014 SHOES, INSPIRED BY GREEK GODS, ARE ALMOST MUSEUM-WORTHY

Feb 14, 2014

Spring 2014 Shoes, Inspired by Greek Gods, Are Almost Museum-Worthy

This spring expect to see shoes that have reached mythic proportions—literally. The heels are higher, the styles are more decorative and they are full of personality that feels almost grandiose. One could even suggest that they provide the wearer with a sense of power that could be likened to the characters found in Homer’s The Odyssey and The Iliad

Since childhood we have been fascinated by tales of the Twelve Olympian Gods, all of whom had their own unique dominion over man and iconography to match. The roaring tempest associated with Poseidon, Zeus’s thunderbolts or Hermes’s winged sandals have inspired many great artists throughout the generations. From Jacopo Amigoni’s "Juno Receiving the Head of Argos," to Sandro Botticelli’s "The Birth of Venus," to Jules Joseph Lefebvre’s "Diana Surprised," these great masters of the Renaissance, Baroque periods and beyond have all been entranced by the charm and feats of fancy that these stories provide. 

For spring 2014, it seems that accessory designers have also taken a page from the Homer’s epics, giving their creations a titanic quality that rivals the oeuvres of many fine-art virtuosos.  

Click though the slideshow and check out the museum-worthy shoes of the season. 

By Barry Samaha 

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