What's On 2022

Future Now

Future Now

Explore over fifty futuristic footwear designs in our new exhibition.

Future Now Book

Future Now Book

A new publication featuring in-depth interviews with of-the-moment creatives and design teams!

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Off The Shelf

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Some of our artefacts (including this loafer worn by #Elvis) made an exciting trip all the way to @schoenenkwartier for the "Put On Your Red Shoes" exhibition which explores the relationship between music and footwear. The exhibition is now on view! 👠 ...

Travel back in time with our drop-in activities every weekday at Toronto’s favourite shoebox starting July 4! Our summer drop-in program makes learning fun with a new theme every week for children to learn about the history and future of footwear. Perfect for children 4-13. Learn more on our website. ...

It's not too late to sign up for our Salon series with Mr. Bailey! Join us on Wednesday June 29 at 7pm EST to hear more about the designer's journey in the footwear industry and have the opportunity to ask him any questions. 👟 RSVP now using the link in our bio. @mrbailey @conceptkicks ...

We hope everyone in the 2SLGBTQ+ community has been enjoying #PrideMonth. Did you know we have this incredible doll of RuPaul Andre Charles on display in our museum? Stop by the museum before the #PrideParade to see! (It's also free admission today 😉)

Image: @kaileemandelphotography
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What is a condition report and what exactly is it used for? Our conservator Ada gives us the step by step process on how to write a condition report in our latest blog post.

Pictured: These shoes were purchased by actor Catherine O’Hara as part of an outfit she created when reprising her character Lola Heatherton for a charity event. They were donated to the BSM in 2018.
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Only one more week until our next Salon! On June 29 at 7pm EST, join us as Elizabeth speaks with independent footwear designer Daniel Bailey ~ RSVP using the link in our bio. @CONCEPTKICKS @MRBAILEY ...

Happy Father's Day! 👞

Pictured: Brown leather and white suede oxfords, American, 1920s.
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#FashionFriday ~ Although T-strap and instep-strap shoes were popular in 1920s fashion, low-throated pumps and shoes with high tabs also remained in style. This pair of brown silk shoes features an exaggerated tab reminiscent of late 17th century footwear. The beaded adornment, however, establishes them as 1920s shoes.

Made by Bespoke for Marshall Field & Company
American, 1920-1925
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Aurora James is revolutionizing the fashion industry and we are so honoured to be part of her journey in the footwear industry when she visited the museum years ago! Flash forward to 2022, her Chukka boots are now on display at the museum. Read the full article on @businesstraveler_usa (link is on our IG stories!)

Pictured: Canadian fashion designer Aurora James created this striking pair of Chukka boots. In 2013, James started her fashion label, Brother Vellies, to promote African design and artisanship. The brand also promotes environmental sustainability and fair labour practices. These shoes are made of by-product pieces of springbok, which is a type of antelope common to South Africa. Increasingly, fashion brands are grappling with issues of sustainability and some are making use of materials leftover from past fashion collections or from other industries altogether in an effort to reduce waste.
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We spy our Future Now posters all over the streets of Toronto! 👀👟 Have you visited our new exhibit yet? Book your tickets now ~ https://www.showpass.com/o/the-bata-shoe-museum/ ...

The dream of footwear that automatically laces itself began in 1989 when Marty McFly, in the film "Back to the Future II", wore a pair of Nike MAGs designed by Tinker Hatfield. Although they were just props, Nike worked over the decades to realize the dream. On October 2015, the day that Marty McFly arrived in the future, Nike announced that it was releasing eighty-nine pairs of self-lacing MAGs to raise money for Canadian actor Michael J. Fox's foundation for Parkinson's research. See the Nike MAG's in our exhibition "Future Now" ~ on view until October 2023! #innovationMW #BSMFutureNow @MuseumWeek ...