What's On 2024

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.

Obsessed

Obsessed

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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Media Room

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

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Did you know that we offer FREE admission EVERY Sunday? Come by to Toronto`s favourite shoebox today, from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm to learn about footwear history dating back 4,500 years ago! 👠 ...

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This pair of yellow boudoir slippers is embellished with two small bouquets of yellow ranunculus made of silk and attached with snaps. The slippers may have come with a variety of interchangeable blossoms, or perhaps the owner cleverly added them to the slippers after purchase. 💐

Italian, 1920–1930.

See these shoes on display in In Bloom: Flowers & Footwear.

Photo by: Margaret Mulligan
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Off the Shelf: Episode 139✨

Learn more about this pair of baby shoes!
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The Puma Extrena in the orange colorway was specially designed for tennis superstar Serena Williams (@serenawilliams), who did her first collaboration with the brand at the young age of seventeen. It features gold detailing and was worn by Williams during the 2003 Australian Open where she won her fourth consecutive major singles triumph. Williams has collaborated with both Puma (@puma) and Nike (@nike) to design sneakers during her long and illustrious career. She is widely recognized as the greatest tennis player of all time. See these sneakers on view in our "Behind the Scenes" gallery 🎾👟 ...

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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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