Bata Shoe Museum Toronto


The Bata Shoe Museum is a fairly new (1995) place to check out in Toronto. The obvious question for people with no sense of fashion (e.g. me) is “how could there be enough about shoes for a museum?”

Well, I’m a nincompoop on that point. I was drawn in on the first level to the early history of shoes and how different ancient cultures took shoes from foot protection to haute couture.

There was a floor dedicated to high Arctic clothing and footwear that showed just how smart indigenous peoples were at working with the available material.

This leads us to the special exhibit on the top floor: Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes. For me his drawings of his shoes were better than the shoes!

The funny thing is that shoes are mostly made for women. The exceptional male shoe was an Apollo astronaut boot.

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