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Imelda's Shoes Falling to Ruin

By September 23, 2012

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First lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos in 1976.

Current parliamentarian, and widow of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Imelda Marcos is still famous world-wide for the massive collection of shoes that she amassed as First Lady of the Philippines in the 1970s and 1980s. However, more than 1,200 pairs of the infamous shoes, as well as clothing once worn by Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos, have suffered flood and termite damage in the basement of the National Museum.

Museum officials are racing to salvage what they can of the Marcos's shoes and clothing. Once a shocking symbol of presidential excess in an impoverished nation, Imelda's shoes are now part of a fascinating historical record.

Photo from Keystone / Hulton Archive via Getty Images.

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