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French fashion designer Christian Lacroix is famous for his playful collaging of historic motifs. The rich yellow fabric with its bold floral pattern is reminiscent of 18th century brocade and the glittering rhinestone-embellishment suggests both 18th century shoe buckles and Deco jewelry of the 1920s. #TuesdayShoesday...
In addition to shoes, our collection also has many shoe-related items like this boot maker's shop sign! It is made out of wood and painted a deep brownish red colour. This side of the boot has the text: "Est. 1804 T. Ball Military & Equestrian Boot Maker" artfully written on it in light yellow paint. 19th century....
This pair of brilliant purple shoes made by the Dutch shoemaker, H.W. Berenbak who supplied shoes to the Dutch court are thought to have been a member of the House of Orange-Nassau in the 1880s. The invention of synthetic dyes, starting with purple in the middle of the nineteenth century, created a craze for bright color in fashion including footwear. Although the colour of these shoes was up-to-the-minute, the style of the bows was historicizing. Called ‘Fenelon bows’ these bold adornments were meant to recall the ‘shoe roses’ of the seventeenth century and their name referenced François Fénelon the royal tutor for Louis XIV. The remarkably vivid colour, excellent condition, and the fact that they still carry their maker’s label on the insole make these shoes treasures of the Bata Shoe Museum....
We are looking for volunteers to assist with our Drop-in Summer Activities! Whether it is for a few hours or a day, come and earn your volunteer hours with us from now until August 31 (10am to 3pm). Email email@example.com for more info!...
We're so excited to welcome back LEGIN KNITS for another crochet workshop (and this time it's in person!) Learn to crochet your own sneaker laces on Saturday August 13 and 27 from 1pm to 3pm EST. This workshop is for all ages and all skill levels! 👟
Registration is required and each ticket includes admission to the museum. Save your spot now by visiting our website. Limited spots available....
"The Great Divide" explores several timely issues from gender and race to imperialism and colonization. Featuring extraordinary 18th century artefacts from the permanent collection, it highlights complex stories about privilege, oppression, danger, desire, revolution and resistance that are as relevant today as they were 300 years ago....
Did you know we released another limited edition colouring book? This one features some of the incredible artefacts from "Future Now: Virtual Sneakers to Cutting-Edge Kicks"! Only available in our museum shop or online 👟 https://shop.batashoemuseum.ca/collections/for-kids/products/colour-the-bsm-volume-2-colouring-book...
The Suzhou embroidery on this pair of Manchu platforms suggests that they were associated with marriage. The exquisitely rendered phoenixes are traditional symbols of the Chinese Empress and women wore this royal symbol on their wedding day. The mandarin ducks swimming among the lotus blossoms symbolize fidelity and fertility.
In recent years, men have become increasingly interested in collecting dolls, especially ones that depict sports heroes. This Michael Jordan doll reflects his time with the Chicago Bulls from 1985 to 1998 and was created by Enterbay, a company established in 2005 to create collectable dolls of sports heroes geared toward the male market. See this doll on display in our "All Dolled Up" exhibition 👟🏀 Image by @kaileemandelphotography....
BSM programming events have been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
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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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Counting down to the opening of our newest exhibition, The Great Divide: Footwear in the Age of Enlightenment. Do you have your tickets yet?