Bata Shoe Museum Exhibitions
The Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto is made up of four different galleries, each one housing different exhibitions. One gallery is home to the semi permanent exhibition entitled “All About Shoes” which chronicles the fascinating history of footwear, while the other three have ever-changing exhibitions that are always presented in a unique and innovative manner.
The permanent collection is perhaps one of the most fascinating exhibitions in the world where the history of the shoe is displayed before one’s eyes. The intention of the exhibition is to chronicle how shoes appeared in cultures through different periods in time, from an ancient Roman sandal to footwear made from human hair. The exhibition has items dating back 4,500 years and showcases shoes from practically every country in the world.
Highlights of the permanent collection include ballroom slippers worn by Queen Victoria, a 16 th century velvet covered platform mule, Native American footwear and medieval footwear.
Shoes once belonging to famous people are also on display, including blue patent loafers worn by Elvis Presley and a boot worn by John Lennon.
Other shoe related items are also on display, including original paintings, medieval woodcuts and even snuff boxes.