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Totally 80s Movie Trivia

Totally 80s Movie Trivia

How well do you know your 1980s movies? Get ready to show off your knowledge about this truly outrageous decade on August 21!

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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Find our latest press releases and more information on media images and interview requests.

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The 1920s saw increasing numbers of women participating in and excelling at sports. The sporting accomplishments of women, such as Gertrude Ederle’s record breaking swim across the English Channel and Suzanne Lenglen’s stunning tennis game, were celebrated and inspired many women to take up a sport. This pair of green rubber, “silver wing” bathing shoes would have been worn by a swimmer in pursuit of both fashion and fun at the end of the 20s.


Made by Philips

English, late 1920s
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As one of fashion`s most timeless inspirations, representations of flowers have appeared in textiles and footwear throughout history. Learn more by visiting our In Bloom: Flowers and Footwear exhibition, on view until September 2, 2024 💐 ...

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NOTICE 📢 Due to unscheduled maintenance, Exhibit A: Investigating Crime and Footwear will be temporarily closed starting today (Tuesday, July 16) until further notice. Please keep up to date with our website and social media for further updates. ...

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In response to the success of Nike’s Air Jordan, Converse released the Weapon in 1986. Some of the most famous basketball players of this era, including Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Earvin “Magic” Johnson, wore it during their games. Converse capitalized on this marketability and created a television commercial featuring these superstar athletes rapping about the superiority of the sneaker and declaring it “the number one weapon of the NBA.” It has been updated and rereleased in multiple iterations since the 1980s, and it remains a classic among sneaker lovers.


American, 1986–90

On display in our Dressed to Impress exhibition! Sponsored by: @boom973toronto @thetorontostar @designlinesmagazine @thekitca @azuremagazine
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How well do you know your 1980s movies? Get ready to show off your knowledge about this truly outrageous decade as you compete for some super rad prizes on Wednesday August 21! Visit our website to purchase your tickets. ...

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The 1980s is a decade known for its bold fashions: bright colors, sharp silhouettes, cone heels, and high-status sneakers. Fashion in this period was also defined by a wide variety of choices that consumers could make about how they wanted to look.

Learn more by watching our Dressed to Impress Exhibition Tour, now on our YouTube channel!

Sponsored by: @boom973toronto @thetorontostar @designlinesmagazine @thekitca @azuremagazine

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Ever wonder what it might be like to be a super sleuth? Join us throughout the summer from Monday to Friday until August 16 for our exciting new Shoe Detective Academy! Learn about shoe forensics, create your own cypher to decode a bracelet you can make yourself, complete puzzles, solve a shoe heist and more. ...

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Although the French criminologist Alphonse Bertillon is most famous as the ‘inventor’ of the standardized photographic mugshot, he also made a careful inventory of all the nails used by shoemakers in Paris and Brittany in order to help solve crimes. Hobnail boots, such as this pair, were commonly worn by working-class men. Nails reinforced the durability of their footwear and gave much-needed traction on rough or muddy ground. Each shoemaker and region had distinctive nails and patterns, details that could help an investigation.

Hobnail boots, English, 1914–1918

On view in "Exhibit A: Investigating Crime and Footwear". Sponsored by @blogTO @classicalfm @nowtoronto @zoomer_radio @jazzfm91
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Off the Shelf: Episode 148✨

Learn more about these boots by Italian footwear designer Andrea Pfister!
#getcultured #museumtok #learnontiktok
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Happy Pride Day! We had so much fun celebrating by marching in this year`s @pridetoronto parade 👠🌈 See you next year! 👋🏼 ...

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We`ll be open every day of the long weekend! See our hours below when planning your visit:

Saturday, June 29 - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, June 30 - 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Monday, July 1 - 10:00am to 5:00 pm
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