What's On 2023

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.

Media Room

Media Room

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

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During World War II many countries restricted the use of traditional shoemaking materials such as leather and rubber. Shoemakers throughout Europe and North America turned to cork and grass for fashionable women’s footwear including platforms. Discover how nature has provided meaning and material for shoemaking across both time and place in our exhibition "In Bloom: Flowers and Footwear" ~ on view until October 6, 2024.

North American or French, late 1930s to mid 1940s.

Photo: Margaret Mulligan
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This evening sandal incorporates many aspects of late 1930s glamour. The exuberant shell-like ornament that rises up on the sides of the foot was perhaps designed to make the wearer feel like Venus emerging from the sea. In 1939, Bally was awarded an exhibition prize for this shoe.

Bally. Swiss, 1939.

Explore our online exhibition "WANT: Desire, Design and Depression Era Footwear" on our website now.
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On November 24, 1989 @reebok released the Pump, which featured a lightweight internal inflation mechanism that allowed the wearer to customize the fit of the sneaker. Throughout the 1980s, Reebok battled with Nike and LA Gear to be the top producer of athletic footwear. The release of the Pump meant that at the close of the decade, Reebok reigned supreme.

American, 1989. Collection of Reebok Archives.

On view in our exhibition "Dressed to Impress: Footwear & Consumerism in the 1980s". Sponsored by: @boom973toronto @thetorontostar @designlinesmagazine @thekitca @azuremagazine
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Stopping by the Santa Claus Parade this weekend? 🎅🎁 Don`t forget we offer FREE admission on Sundays! Try on our funky footwear and enjoy shoe-themed crafts and activities for the whole family to enjoy. ...

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The fun doesn`t stop at the Bata Shoe Museum 👠Step into a time machine and journey back to the 80s with our newest exhibition, workshops and events.

November 30 - Vinyl Record Paint Night
December 5 - Totally 80s Trivia
December 14 - Totally 80s Movie Night

Exhibition Media Partners
@boom973toronto
@thetorontostar
@designlinesmagazine
@thekitca
@azuremagazine

Exhibition Partners
Design: @arc.and.co
Fabrication: @pro_x_event_tradeshow_events
Lighting: Glenn Davidson and Nick Davidson
Greenery: @ryefloralco
Video Production: J. Gus Aguirre
Electrical: Danik Electrical Construction Co.
AV: @rp-av

Exhibition Window Vinyl
@rollout

Opening Party Partners
Beverages: @drinkcrawler @fogorigbrewery @islanddiaz
Vinyl: @rollout
Performances: @citydancecorps
Performance Wardrobe: @reebokcanada
Photographers: @ryanemberley @kennedypollard_
Videographer: @lilacmediagroup
AV: @rp.av
Catering: @foodudes
Arcade Games: @abbeyroadentertainment

Video by: @lilacmediagroup
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Immerse yourself in the style, culture, and nostalgia of the 1980s by checking out our new exhibition "Dressed to Impress"!

Sponsored by: @boom973toronto @thetorontostar @designlinesmagazine @thekitca @azuremagazine
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In addition to creating shoes for new activities, many late 19th century manufacturers began to offer specialty items to make footwear comfortable. Ceramic boot warmers were designed to be slipped into women`s boots and filled with hot water to warm them. Carriage boots were worn as overshoes and were designed to keep wearers warm in unheated carriages. Most examples have quilted lining and fur trim but this pair by François Pinet features ostentatious ostrich feathers to trap the heat. See these shoes on display in OBSESSED: How Shoes Became Objects of Desire ~ on view until April 2024.

French, c. 1900-1910

Photo: Darren Rigo
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Join us for a screening of the iconic 80s holiday movie Die Hard on December 14 from 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm! Explore the galleries after hours before the screening including our new exhibition "Dressed to Impress: Footwear & Consumerism in the 1980s" 👠 Learn more on our website. ...

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Travel back to the 80s by checking out our new exhibit, Dressed to Impress! We open at 12pm today and offer FREE admission every Sunday 👠

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

Photo: Margaret Mulligan
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How well do you know the 1980s? From movie, music, fashion, celebrity, food and iconic cultural moments, get ready to show of your knowledge about this truly outrageous decade as you compete for some super rad prizes on December 5 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Purchase your tickets by visiting our website. ...

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Aerobics was one of the fastest growing forms of exercise in the 1980s, especially among women. Sneakers with soft leather uppers were popular for this activity, and brands sought to capitalize on this trend. @reebok was the most successful, with the debut of their Freestyle in 1982. The original model was a high-top with two Velcro straps and glove leather uppers that were designed for flexibility. They were first released in white, but a slew of bright colors quickly followed. The Freestyle became one of Reebok’s best sellers, turning them into one of the most profitable producers of athletic footwear in this decade. See these shoes on display in our new exhibition, Dressed to Impress: Footwear and Consumerism in the 1980s.

Sponsored by: @boom973toronto @thetorontostar @designlinesmagazine @thekitca

American, 1982–90
Photo by: Kailee Mandel
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