Museums, as entities responsible for the preservation and the territorial and identity appreciation of the communities of which they are part, have an important role in the development of society. Building bridges between the past, present and future, museums become privileged venues for dialogue. They are places to arouse curiosity, which contribute to the cultural transformation and, no less importantly, promote the development of more sustainable societies.

In this context, the Shoe Museum introduces the “Shoes that Think” project. This is a project-process that builds itself and where the object “shoe”, stripped (or not) of its primary function, takes a prominent place. Appealing to the disquiet, emotion and reflection suggested by the shoes we wear today in the world, “Shoes that Think” is a challenge to all those who question and make us question the world around us, the present time and the futures we want to create.



This exhibition came from a need to express a feeling about woman, more specifically, about the Arab woman.

To prove her role in today’s society, her traditions, her thoughts, being free or not, the use of the headscarf or of the burka, set the starting point for the creation of this project trying, in this way, to reflect about and compare her with Western woman. 

On this basis, 19 female artists were invited to intervein each over a pair of a masculine babouche, shoe wore in the daily life of a traditional family and whose medium act as the embodiment of man.

The project that already toured between Portugal and France, counted with the participation of both Portuguese and foreign women artists, all with a unique point of view about this theme.   

Renata Carneiro