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Dressed To Impress

Dressed To Impress

Take a step back to the 1980s and experience the nostalgia and excess of the times. Now on view.

In Bloom

In Bloom

A celebration of how nature has provided meaning and material for shoemaking across both time and place.



Discover how society became obsessed with shoes.

All About Shoes

All About Shoes

Take a walk through the the fascinating history of footwear.

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Mark your calendars for our next Totally 80s Trivia! Join us on March 19 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm and show off your knowledge about 80s music as you compete for some super rad prizes. Buy your tickets now on our website. ...

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Happy Family Day! As a reminder, the Museum will be open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Spend your Family Day decorating a mini clog or find us at @thebentway to participate in our Boots & Blades scavenger hunt & workshop from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm ⛸️ ...

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Low black boots were popular among youth throughout the 1980s and were worn by a diverse group that included punks, goths, mods, rockers, and New Wave artists. Pop-punk looks worn by superstars like Cyndi Lauper, Bananarama, and Madonna also featured black lace-up ankle boots. Like leather jackets, fishnets, and studded belts, the black boot—once a popular choice among the rebellious—was now embraced by anyone who wanted to add an “edge” to a mass-produced mainstream look. The colourful piping on this pair by Maud Frizon references New Wave sensibilities, and it would have been the perfect option for any fashion-conscious consumer in this period who wanted to look cool.
American, c. 1987

See these shoes on view in our Dressed to Impress exhibition! Sponsored by @boom973toronto thetorontostar @designlinesmagazine @thekitca @azuremagazine

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In 2019, Olympic track and field athlete Allyson Felix (@allysonfelix) faced significant gender-based injustice from her sponsor in response to her motherhood, and in response she started her own sneaker company @bysaysh. Her first sneaker, the Saysh One, was designed by Natalie Candrian (@nataliecandrian). Felix wore a pair of bespoke Saysh Spike Ones when she won gold at the Tokyo Summer Olympics, making her the most decorated woman in Olympic track and field history.

Saysh Ones, 2021.

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Off the Shelf: Episode 138✨

Learn more about this pair of shoes inspired by Picasso.
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Spend your Family Day (Monday, February 19) with us decorating your own mini wooden clog. Learn about the history of clogs and how they became such a widely known and adored shoe! The Museum will be open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. ...

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Queen of Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald, was one of the most important musicians of the 20th century. Over her long career she recorded over 200 albums and earned thirteen Grammy Awards. These sparkling stilettos made by Rayne were worn by her in the mid 1980s. ...

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These bold metallic leather boots are a collaboration between famous shoe brand Jimmy Choo (@jimmychoo) and actor, singer and cultural icon Billy Porter (@theebillyporter). They feature uppers that look like liquid metal gold, which would fit in perfectly with Porter’s playful, high-fashion, and often gender-bending wardrobe. Through his looks, Porter consistently pushes the boundaries of how we define ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ fashion, and the shoes released in this collection come in a wide-range of sizes so anyone who wants to wear them can do so. As part of this collaboration, Jimmy Choo donated $100 000 to a charity close to Porter’s heart, the Trevor Project, which provides support to LGBTQ youth.

American, 2021. These shoes can be seen on display in our "Behind the Scenes" gallery.

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Calling all teachers and educators! 📢 A field trip to the Bata Shoe Museum can enrich learning in almost any subject area. We offer a variety of programs for grades JK-12 with links to many specific strands in the Ontario Curriculum.

Email tours@batashoemuseum.ca to learn more about this one-of-a-kind experience.

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Canadian music legend Oscar Peterson was world renowned as one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time. These sleek slip ons by Foster & Sons were only worn by Peterson while performing and reflect his elegant style. ...

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