Today we are ‘shoe’casing a really big shoe. This Timberland boot was made in 1997 as for retired NBA star Shaquille O’Neal and is a hefty size 22 extra extra wide. Sizes that large aren’t made on the factory assembly line It’s a prototype or ‘practice’ shoe. Once Mr. O’Neal tried it on he gave the factory his comments and they made his new pair of Timbs. If the prototype was never really worn, why is it so dirty on the toe and heel? Because thousands of kids of all ages have handled it during our hand-on (now hands-off) demonstrations. 😉
Shaq’s boot is 42cm long. That’s the length of 14 paper clips laid end to end. Or 21 Barbie shoes. Or 5 and a half hockey pucks.
If you have any of these objects, try lining them up along your shoe to see how many you use. Try measuring the shoes of other people in your family and record the results. How do they compare with Shaq’s? Or, use a ruler or measuring tape to cut a piece of string or paper 42 cm long and compare the length of Shaq’s boot to your shoes. Shaq is 2.16 metres tall and wears really big shoes.
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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Please note: Due to the overwhelming number of requests and inquiries we receive, particularly relating to curatorial inquiries, identifying or providing information on shoes from personal collections, or requests for donations, we are not able to respond to everyone. If we are able to assist you with your inquiry someone will respond to you as soon as possible. Please note that due to the small size of our staff we are not able to assist with research or information requests relating to artifacts, not in our collection.
Please note: In adherence to standard museum practices, the Bata Shoe Museum does not provide financial appraisals or evaluations or assist with the sale of personal property.
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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?