If you’re a shoe fanatic then you’ll know there’s nothing like finding a pair of shoes that’s both classic and cutting-edge. From painting the town red with the soles of an iconic So Kate Christian Louboutin stiletto, to enjoying the sexy silhouette of a quirky Swarovski crystal-embedded Giuseppe Zanotti pump, there’s no limit to the amount of creativity that that goes into the design and construction of an innovative, exemplary shoe. Over the years, footwear has pushed the limits of style and form, making way for shoes that are fashionable, functional, and often nothing short of works of art… which is why there’s no better time than now to make a trip to Peabody Essex Museum for the “Shoes: Pleasure and Pain” exhibit.

If you’re an avid admirer of avant-garde shoe styles, then you’ll fall in love with this exhibit, where over 300 pairs of shoes—some worn by the likes of Elton John, Naomi Campbell, Queen Victoria and more—will be on display. Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the exhibit is organized into themes, the likes of which include transformation, status, seduction, creation and obsession.

With shoes ranging from elaborate vintage designs to vanguard contemporary, the exhibit sets out to explore the cultural significance of historic shoes along with examining the technological advances in footwear over the years and the past, present, and future of design.

The exhibit runs through  March 12. For more information about “Shoes: Pain and Pleasure,” visit the Peabody Essex Museum website.