Exciting news! I have a pair of tickets to give away to the V&A’s brilliant exhibition Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, which is – you guessed it – all about shoes. Yay! As the name suggests, there are a lot of heels in amongst the exhibits, but any shoe connoisseur – flat lover or heel lover alike – will find it totally fascinating. I was lucky enough to go along to the press preview when it opened and I highly recommend it (although with the dress code that particular evening being to wear the most outrageous shoes you owned, and me rocking up in some bright Norman Walsh trainers, I did feel rather underdressed!). I took Mr Brogue with me too, and there was plenty to amuse him as well. This is a fashion exhibition that is definitely not just for girls.

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these could be yours!

From bright yellow Mary Quant boots from the Sixties to an entire private collection of adidas trainers – including my favourite ever trainers that I have never owned: the adidas Jeans – there’s something for everyone here. Keep your eyes peeled for the horrifyingly small shoes for Chinese women with bound feet (I never realised how tiny they really were) and Egyptian ‘bath clogs’, which look like they are on stilts. There are obviously shoes in this collection that go against everything I believe in, comfort-wise, but it just cements my opinion that no shoes are worth being in pain for! Interesting as their stories may be…

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adidas Jeans – cool as f***

As well as the tickets, you’ll receive a copy of the accompanying V&A book. To enter, simply tweet or Instagram an image of your favourite comfortable shoes that give you the most pleasure with the hashtag #EnBroguePleasureandPain before the end of July. I’ll announce the winner, who Mr Brogue will pick at random, on August 1st. Oh, and if you do win, be sure to spot my book – available to buy in the special shoe-paraphernalia shop before you go into the exhibition. Can you tell how excited I was to see it there myself? Good luck!

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me and my book: trying to play it cool…

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