What's On 2024

Indigenous Beading Workshop

Indigenous Beading Workshop

Join Toronto based Indigenous bead artist Katie Longboat for a beginner friendly beading workshop on Saturday, June 22! SOLD OUT

Exhibit A

Exhibit A

Sleuth out the complex role of footwear in crime, policing, and the judiciary.

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.

All About Shoes

All About Shoes

Take a walk through the the fascinating history of footwear.

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Inspired by our latest exhibition, "Exhibit A: Investigating Crime and Footwear", we’re excited to offer a unique paint night on Wednesday, July 17 with artist and Bata Shoe Museum graphic designer Gus Aguirre 🎨🖌️ In this 3-hour, in-person workshop, participants will be guided through the process of painting images inspired by the themes of crime and mystery. Purchase your tickets on our website 🎟️ ...

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Off the Shelf: Episode 147✨

Learn more about these smuggler`s clogs that are on view in our latest exhibition "Exhibit A: Investigating Crime and Footwear".
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There`s something for everyone at the BSM! 👠 Visit our Kids Craft Zone, try on some funky footwear and explore 4,500 years worth of footwear history. Don`t forget, we`re FREE every Sunday (advance tickets are not required) 🎉 ...

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Celebrate Pride with the BSM and Glad Day Bookshop! 🏳️‍🌈 On Sunday June 16th and 23rd, special guest Tianna Henry from @gladdaybookshop will join us and read a children’s book to our guests with themes of inclusivity and diversity. 📚

Note: Readings will take place at 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm. Drop-in, no registration required.
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Converse released these ‘Run Star Motion Platform Pride’ sneakers in 2022 in celebration of Pride month. Commemorated in many cities across the world every June, Pride month is a joyous celebration of LGBTQ2+ communities, promoting the inclusion and acceptance of a huge variety of gender and sexual identities. Pride marches began after the 1969 New York City Stonewall Riots and highlighted the long history of discrimination and abuse often faced by LGBTQ2+ people. Part celebration and part activism, Pride marches and events continue to offer spaces of acceptance to members of queer and trans communities, while calling attention to how much further society has to go to grant equal rights to all people.



In the past few years, an increasing number of brands have released pride-themed merchandise each summer. This has led to criticism that these companies are profiting off LGBTQ2+ communities without supporting laws and policies that actually work towards structural equality. In response, some of these companies have donated money to Pride-related causes, or had their merchandise created by designers who are members of the LGBTQ2+ community. Debates continue about how ethical it is that brands release pride merchandise and questions have been raised about who ultimately profits.



Converse has released a pride collection every year since 2014 in collaboration with their companies’ LGBTQ2+ network. This pair features chunky soles that match the rainbow flag – a symbol of Pride.



American, 2022.
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Channel your inner Jane Fonda at our 80s inspired aerobics classes this summer on Sunday July 14 and Sunday August 18.

Join us for one of our high-energy group classes featuring the best music, moves and of course fitness fashion, of the 1980s. Led by Choreographer, Educator, and Dancer Melissa Bartrem, this adult dancercise class is designed for those all skill levels.

Purchase your tickets on our website.
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The word ‘sneaker’ was used in the 19th century in both England and the US to describe criminals and others of ill repute. However, in the US, the term sneaker was also used for rubber-soled athletic footwear because the soles allowed wearers to walk around noiselessly. A rather curious interview in a news article from 1887 quoted Chicago mugger Patrick Kent, recommending that if one wished to be a successful criminal, “you must wear rubber shoes, then you can sneak up when [a victim’s] back is turned.”

Perfection high tops, American, early 20th century

On view in our new exhibition "Exhibit A: Investigating Crime and Footwear"

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This pair of Ottoman nalin was designed for wear in a Turkish bathhouse to keep female bathers elevated above the heated floors. Many of the shoes were decorated with mother-of-pearl inlays; this pair features elaborate inlay florals. Stilted wooden bathhouse clogs can be traced to ancient Rome, when their use was spread across the Maghreb and parts of Western Asia.

Turkish, 19th to early 20th century.

See these shoes on display in our In Bloom exhibition.
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These unusually high silver-covered paduka from Jaipur were probably worn by a woman for an important aristocratic occasion, perhaps a wedding. The fine quality of the intricate floral engraving, the gold toe-knobs and high stilts identify these paduka as upper-class.


India, 18th century.
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Off the Shelf: Episode 146✨

Learn more about this pair of shoes designed by Pierre Cardin!
#getcultured #museumtok #learnontiktok
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Ferragamo’s designs were often imitated at the end of the 1930s. This Ferragamo-esque platform is not as finely made as a real pair by the master shoemaker but certainly would have satisfied a ‘want’ at a lower price point. Although platforms were often criticised as being too large and clunky, advertisers countered with claims that their bulkiness made women’s feet seem petite and graceful. ...

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