The Field Museum's 10 Hidden Gems
Wall of shoes
Most of the shoes in the Common Concerns, Different Responses exhibit date from the 19th and 20th centuries and show how people protect -- and ornament -- their feet. You'll see strappy Egyptian sandals, Siberian fish skin boots, Turkish stilt shoes, tiny Chinese shoes for bound feet, firefighters' boots, stilettos and more.
A recent day at the museum sums up how this exhibit affects people. A mom with three girls says, "These are the shoes I've been wanting to show you!" Meanwhile, a school-age boy does a header into the case, and his concerned father gets distracted by Michael Jordan's Nikes.