The unobtrusive shoe museum in the suburbs of Manila has on its second floor a showcase of the shoes Imelda Marcos wore when she was the Philippines’ First Lady, traipsing around the globe. There is nothing that says what her shoes stood for. The wife of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos has been a caricature of a powerful woman driven to extravagance and excesses – she had more than 1,000 pairs that she had to leave behind when the people drove the family out of the country more than 30 years ago. She was said in exile to have brought with her crates of cash and jewelry.
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