I came across browsegoods.com today. This uses a Google maps type of interface to browse through a reasonable size shoe collection. You can see all the shoes on one page then zoom into a category to see the shoes up close. I expanded the window to cover both my screens and it’s quite cool.
Even though the interface is like Google maps, it’s still fairly non-standard which I think will mean it’s not something that would get widely used. Still – it’s great to see innovation like this.