shoes

Fresh art at SFO Airport features shoes from around the world

Combat boot, Mickey McGowan (Apple Cobbler), courtesy SFO Museum

 

The newest exhibition from the SFO Museum at San Francisco International Airport features footwear from around the world, including wedding shoes, early basketball sneakers, beaded moccasins, European clogs, Chinese children’s shoes, art shoes and more.

Here’s a sampling of the fantastic footwear on display in Stepping Out: Shoes in World Cultures, located pre-security in the International Terminal Main Hall Departures Lobby at San Francisco International Airport through November 12, 2017.

Snow boots (Japan, palm fiber). Courtesy SFO Museum

Moccasins c. 1940
Gwich’in Alaska; courtesy SFO Museum

Sneakers c. 1910
Hood Rubber Co.; courtesy SFO Museum

Airport amenity of the week: ORD Shoe Hospital

Perhaps you’ve seen this sign at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport:

ORD SHOE HOSPITAL

Well, it turns out that the O’Hare Shoe Hospital in Terminal 2 at ORD does more than just fix broken heels, sell shoelaces (lots of them) and shine shoes. When I stopped by on Monday and chatted with John Rojas, whose family runs the shoe hospital, I noticed a suitcase on the shelf with the shoes.

Rojas said a passenger had asked the shoe hospital to fix the wheels on the suitcase. “We do that fairly often,” he said. “We also stitch up leather bags and shine belts and put extra holes in them,” said Rojas, “If people need us to mail their shoes home, we’ll do that. And it should probably say zipper hospital out there as well.”

Five reasons to appreciate Pittsburgh International Airport

Chocolate hockey puck from PIT

Despite the van driver’s assurance that we’d get stuck in rush hour traffic, I arrived at Pittsburgh International Airport yesterday with plenty of time to poke around before my flight.

Good thing. Because in addition to the free internet access, there really are plenty of reasons to appreciate spending time at this airport.

Here are just five of them:

The dinosaur

Dinosaur at PIT

The shopping.  Plenty of it – and a shoe store. Enough said

Nine West shore store at PIT

The mobile by Alexander Calder in the center core.  This is a great art treasure to have at the airport.

Alexander Calder mobile at PIT

The shrine to Mr. Rogers, who filmed his long-running running TV show in Pittsburgh.

Mr Rogers shrine at Pittsburgh Airport

And, just across the way, a wall covered in Andy Warhol self-portrait wallpaper, along with several pieces of his artwork.

Andy Warhol Wallpaper at PIT