- Discover the ever-changing face of cultural history told through the universal human clothing item – shoes!
- See incredibly rare pieces like Elton John's silver platform boots and beautifully embroidered Manchu platforms
- Access all of the museum's exhibitions, and use a free audio guide to help you explore the immense collection
If you thought we were in the golden age of footwear, think again. The Bata Shoe Museum has curated a collection that would make Midas blush. This collection from BSM's Senior Curator, Elizabeth Semmelhack, brings together gilded shoes from across the globe and delves into the cultural meaning and privilege these pristine pieces portray.
Find out more about Ancient Egyptians' golden funerary sandals, 16th-century Italian chopines that could pass for a horse's hoof, and Japanese pokkuri – hollowed out platform shoes with a hidden bell – that would ring with every step.
Image copyright © 2019 Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto (Photo: Ron Wood)
Walk a mile in someone else's shoes with a ticket to Bata Shoe Museum, dedicated solely to shoes! The museum uses shoes to show the shape-shifting social fabrics of cultures around the world – past and present. See French chestnut-crushing boots alongside delicately embroidered Chinese silk shoes, moose-skin moccasins, and footwear made from human hair!
Laced with over 13,000 exhibits spanning 4,500 years, with temporary exhibitions to boot, you're sure to wear out some leather exploring it all! Gawk at a well-preserved velvet-covered platform chopine from 16th-century Renaissance Italy, sandals from ancient Greece and Egypt, the elegant creations of today's haute couture catwalk designers, and lots more.
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- Cancellations are possible up to 24 hours before your visit date
- Changes are possible for this ticket