A new museum for Hong Kong

A long weekend is coming up. It’s going to be too hot for a hike and too rainy for a barbecue. There’s no way you’re going to go all the way out to Shatin just to see the Monet exhibition. And you’ve tried all the Korean recipes on YouTube, and can’t face any more Truth about Trump features. What to do?


How about a trip to the Hong Kong Museum of Hideously Disgusting Footwear? It’s free, it’s not too crowded, and the curators have found some of the most unforgettably shockingly vile excuses for design ever devised by mankind…


Visitors are allowed to pick up and feel the exhibits (though not surprisingly, few do). The displays do not simply provoke revulsion; they prompt serious questions about the state of humanity today. Do people really hate their feet – indeed, their entire appearance, not to say very existence – this much? Do they really have nothing better at all to do with their money but buy these objects?


Many of the items in the collection may remind us of ancient torture instruments. This is more than resemblance: these shoes are created specifically to cause mental torment to anyone who sees them. Edgar Allan Poe, HP Lovecraft and Aleister Crowley are amateurs compared to the twisted minds behind the revolting and grotesque exhibits at the Hong Kong Museum of Obnoxiously Putrid Footwear.


Visitors are advised that some of the content at this museum may cause distress. The illustrations here all come from the galleries featuring designs for men; I’ve left the women’s items out in case any children see this page.

The Hong Kong Museum of Repulsively Ugly Footwear is at 3031-3070, Level 3, IFC Mall, Central.



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9 Responses to A new museum for Hong Kong

  1. Laguna Lurker says:

    Slow news day, Hemmers?

  2. Jason90 says:

    Conveniently, the Monet exhibition at the Heritage Museum in Shatin starts after the holiday weekend….
    This link works:

  3. Foot and shoe fetishes were some of the earliest established perversions in Freudianism. Even in Hong Kong there are probably as many shoe sniffers as nicker sniffers. We can talk about it now. There are websites devoted to it. There is no need to feel ashamed, you disgusting nasty perverts.

  4. Chinese Netizen says:

    I’ve seen plenty of young second gen, “tu hao” moneyed, metrosexual Chinese lads wearing exactly these shoes.
    No matter what you think…there IS a market for such vileness.

  5. Headache says:

    The clothes in that “museum” are even more hilariously vile. Well worth a stroll through if killing time before the next ferry.

  6. WTF says:

    What are you doing in IFC, much less Lane Crawford, if tu hao and tourist irritate you so much? You might as well have tried not to be pestered for photos of your nephew/niece by the selfie stick welding scrum at the Golden Bok Choi. Based on your apatite for agricultural chemicals and industrial waste dressed up as Shenzhen fastfood, one wonders. Is there is some Catholic urge for self-punishment? Or did you grow up in a boarding school in the UK?

  7. Joe Blow says:

    Word of the day: ‘apatite’.

  8. WTF says:

    I’m glad my bus top typing has increased your vocabulary. It’s won’t help you with your sexual frustrations over Christine though.

  9. Apatite – didn’t they have that in South Africa before Saint Nelson freed them?

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