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Colour The World At Your Feet
Colouring sheets inspired by the Museum’s Collection. A new set every Friday.
Step Into The BSM Blog
We've refreshed our blog with new articles, interviews and more! Tell us what you think!
Black Lives Matter
Our statement, resources and ways we can all learn and help.
Storytime at the BSM
Join our staff each week for a new and interesting story.
The Making of Moccasins
Join interdisciplinary artist Justine Woods for this step by step series.
Unboxing the BSM
Check out our new YouTube Series - we're pretty excited about it!
Did you miss the #AskACurator event? Every week, we'll be posting all the answers from our curatorial team on our blog, Step into the BSM to catch up! Read about the most dangerous object, advice on becoming a conservator & more in Ada's blog post. Link in bio!...
Happy birthday to the iconic, @serenawilliams! This pair of "Extrena" tennis shoes in our collection has orange and white with gold detailing, in an asymmetric design. This design was created for the tennis star to wear on the court. Serena Williams is an American professional tennis player who has earned 23 Grand Slam titles 🎾...
In the 18th century, English shoemakers offered women 'exotic' shoes that featured details such as upturned toes. Our newly released colouring sheets features shoes that you can see IRL in our exhibit, "The Great Divide" ~ Visit the link in our bio to download them 🖍️#MuseumFromHome #BSMFromHome...
In 1863, as the Battle of Gettysburg "one of the most important battles of the American Civil War " raged, a bullet knocked the heel off the boot of an Army soldier named Gorgon. Army-issued footwear was notorious for being poorly-made forcing many men to procure their own boots. It is difficult to tell if this heel would have been attached to an army-issue boot as this is all that remains. It also leaves ones hoping that all the soldier lost that day was his heel.
#TuesdayShoesday features these gold mojari as seen in our new exhibit, "The Great Divide" ✨ They are thought to have been worn by the Nizam of Hyderabad, Shikander Jah (r. 1803 -1829) but may date to later in the century. Heavily worked in gold and ornamented with precious jewels, these shoes reflect the wealth and power of Hyderabad in the 19th century. The majesty of its rulers was closely linked to Mughal traditions including the use of gold as a means of proclaiming power. These royal shoes are evidence of this. They are heavily decorated with zardozi embroidery which translates as gold work and includes the use of gold metal thread called sunehri kasab and gold sequins called sitara. The ‘throats’ of the mojari are bejewelled with rubies, diamonds and emeralds set in enameled gold.
We wanted to say a huge congratulations to Catherine O'Hara for last night's Emmy's win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series! O'Hara and the rest of the @schittscreek cast swept the comedy category during last night's event. Anyone else agree the BSM should have more of the cast's shoes in our collection? 😉
In 2011, O’Hara revived one of her most popular SCTV characters, Lola Heatherton, while performing a live show benefiting charity. She purchased these shoes at a thrift store especially for this performance and during her time on stage, she relied on co-star Eugene Levy to help keep her steady....
Come to Toronto's favourite shoebox! 👠 The BSM always has something exciting to see ~ plan your visit by checking out our website (PS: Don't forget your mask! 😷) #regram: @jay.y.y.y.y.y.y #BSMFromHome #MuseumFromHome...
There is so much more that goes into creating an exhibit than meets the eye 👀 In our latest blog post, learn about how Ada fabricated the mannequins seen in our exhibit, Art & Innovation. Read the full post by clicking the link in our bio #MuseumFromHome #BSMFromHome...
We are so excited for our first Salon Series guest, Dr. Ben Barry (@bendrakbarry) on September 30! Join us as we explore the impact of 18th century issues today and beyond. Find out how to sign up by clicking the link in our bio. #MuseumFromHome #BSMFromHome #SeeTorontoSoon...
The Bata Shoe Museum is located at 327 Bloor Street West, at the southwest corner of Bloor Street West and St. George.
From the St. George subway station (on both the Bloor-Danforth and the Yonge-University lines), exit onto St. George Street. Turn left (walk south) for about 30 seconds and you’ll be at the northeast corner of Bloor Street West and St. George Street. From there, cross the road twice to reach the southwest corner of the intersection, and you’re at the Museum!
From Highway 401
Take the Avenue Road exit and go south to Bloor Street. Turn right onto Bloor Street and continue west to St. George Street. OR take the Bathurst Street exit and go south to Bloor Street. Turn left onto Bloor Street and continue east to St. George Street.
From the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW)
Get onto the Gardiner Expressway and exit at Spadina Avenue. Proceed north on Spadina to Bloor Street. Then turn right onto Bloor Street and go east on Bloor to St. George Street.
Street parking and paid parking lots within walking distance of the Museum may be available. Possibilities include:
The Toronto Parking Authority’s Carpark 58, the Bloor-Bedford Garage: 9 Bedford Road, north of Bloor Street West and two blocks east of the Museum.
The Toronto Parking Authority’s Carpark 205: 465 Huron Street, north of Bloor Street West and one block west of the Museum
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Please note: Due to the overwhelming number of requests and inquiries we receive, particularly relating to curatorial inquiries, identifying or providing information on shoes from personal collections, or requests for donations, we are not able to respond to every one. If we are able to assist you with your inquiry someone will respond to you as soon as possible. Please note that due to the small size of our staff we are not able to assist with research or information requests relating to artifacts not in our collection.
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