Skip to comments.Imelda Marcos' infamous shoes damaged by termites, monsoon
Posted on 09/25/2012 2:33:08 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
The shoes were the stuff of legend: pairs upon colorful pairs of pumps, flats and other footwear that evinced the lavish lifestyle of Imelda Marcos, the woman wed to deposed Philippines strongman Ferdinand Marcos.
Thousands of showy shoes were found at the Manila presidential palace and another Marcos home decades ago, left behind in 1986 when the couple fled the country in the throes of a popular revolt.
The new government held up the high heels as the epitome of the ejected Marcoses extravagance as their nation was mired in barefoot poverty, an anti-Cinderella story warning of the dangers of autocracy. The leader who succeeded Marcos, Corazon Aquino, displayed the manifold footwear in the presidential palace. Hundreds of pairs were lent to a local shoe museum.
But in the decades since, the shoes that turned heads worldwide for all the wrong reasons have been boxed up. Some were damaged by termites, others deluged by monsoon waters or encrusted with mold, officials at the National Museum in Manila told the Associated Press and Filipino media this week.
The storied shoes went neglected along with a trove of dresses and accessories stored at the Malacanang Palace that was moved to museum offices two years ago, the museum said in a statement Monday. No plan was created for what to do with them, it explained.
Some of Marcos gowns could help create a fashion collection for the museum, but this has yet to be even formally proposed given the as-yet politically sensitive nature of their provenance, the museum said.
Though the Filipino government told reporters there was no historical significance to the boxed shoes and clothing, save for some clothing made by Filipino designers, it nonetheless promised to ensure they would be restored, local media reported. Filipinos lamented the damage on social media,
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Not to worry, as the remnants of the old Imelda Marcos rot, the new Imelda Marcos, Michele Obama stacks up a collection of expensive designer clothes and shoes. Trash in, trash out.
Q: What does Imelda Marcos have in common with the U.S. Postal Service?
A: Thousands of black loafers.
If only the mold and termites would migrate over to boob belts.
Well, that kills my vacation plans.