What's On 2021

The Art of Singing

The Art of Singing

Explore your artistic side with New York Vocal Coaching's Associate Director, David McCall.

Salon Series IX

Salon Series IX

Queens of Fashion: A Conversation about 18th Century Dolls with Sonia Krause

New Virtual Program!

New Virtual Program!

Educators, book a session of Shoebox Bingo for your class ~ watch our video to learn more.

Step Into the BSM

Step Into the BSM

We've refreshed our blog with new articles, interviews and more! Tell us what you think!

#BSMFromHome

#BSMFromHome

See how you can experience the museum from home everyday!

Birthday cover Birthday cover Colouring Sheets Celebrate our birthday with colouring sheets inspired by our collection. Learn More Slide #BSMfromhome We've refreshed our blog with new articles, interviews and more! Tell us what you think! Learn More BSM_Blog Slide #BSMfromhome Join our staff each week for a new and interesting story. Learn More BSM_Storytime Slide #BSMfromhome Join interdisciplinary artist Justine Woods for this step by step series. Learn More Moc Making Slide #BSMfromhome Check out our YouTube Series - Unboxing The BSM Learn More Unboxing Slide #BSMfromhome Check out these feature shoes from the hands-on collection. Learn More hands0ff

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These warm woolen shoes are from Ladakh, a mountainous region in the Himalayas which is culturally related to Tibet, and has historic ties to India, China and Pakistan. This style is known as pabu thikma, or thikma’i pabu. Pabu means ‘shoe’ and thikma refers to the resist tie-dye design found along the wool upper. Though pabu thikma are considered to be a very traditional style of footwear, thikma itself continues to be popular amongst contemporary Ladakhi designers as it has become a recognizable feature of Ladakhi fashion. #AsianHeritageMonth ...

This pair of red leather shoes comes from Egypt and dates to the post-pharonic period of Byzantine rule 330-641 C.E. Christianity had become the official state religion during this period and this pair of shoes reflects this shift. The motif of four heads surrounded by halos most likely depicts the four apostles of Christ suggesting that these shoes may have been designed for ecclesiastical use.
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FOR KIDS: Check out our YouTube channel where we created shoe art out of recycled materials (they're inspired by these red leather shoes!) #MuseumFromHome #BSMFromHome
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Attention Educators! ⭐ We’ve launched a new virtual learning initiative. Check out our IG stories for more information or click the link in our bio. #MuseumFromHome #BSMFromHome @ocaf_lefonds ...

There's still time to sign up for our next Salon with historical doll-maker extraordinaire, Sonia Krause on May 19 at 7pm EST! You'll also get a sneak peek at a doll that Sonia created for the museum for an upcoming fall exhibition - register and be one of the first to see it. Thank you so much to our programming partner, @ocaf_lefonds for making this possible 😊 RSVP here by using the link in our bio. #BSMFromHome #MuseumFromHome ...

We're so excited to share our latest blog post, "Caring for Your Vintage Shoes" written by our conservator, Ada! Learn more about the different type of conditions you can come across when it comes to caring for your shoes on our blog, Step into the BSM. #BSMFromHome #MuseumFromHome

Pictured: A pair of women's peacock blue silk pumps made by Nicklich. Paris, 1910 – 1920.
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Our version of a bouquet for Mother's Day 💐 Made by Jean-Louis François Pinet (1817-1897), the most famous shoemaker in France by the end of the 19th century. His beautifully constructed and elaborately embellished footwear was worn by the best-dressed women of the era. French, c. 1880s ...

This pair of bright sunny yellow balgha, also called babouche, comes from Morocco. Balgha are a type of flat-soled footwear that typically have the back quarters pressed down flat against the insole. (PS: These shoes are also featured in our new BSM colouring sheets we released for our birthday 🖍️ Click the link in our bio!) #BSMFromHome #MuseumFromHome ...

(CLOSED) GIVEAWAY: To celebrate our birthday today, we wanted to give one lucky Instagram follower the chance to win our anniversary book, "The World At Your Feet"! To enter:

1. Follow us on Instagram
2. Like this photo
3. Comment and tag a friend who loves shoes!

Contest closes on May 13, 2021 at 5pm EST and the winner will be contacted directly by official Bata Shoe Museum pages only.

(Open to Canadian and U.S. residents excluding Quebec. Entrants must be 18+. This contest is not sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with Instagram)

Winner: @incandescence_is_my_essence
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Spots are filling up quick for this exclusive virtual tour of the Bata Shoe Museum with our Director & Senior Curator Elizabeth Semmelhack! Elizabeth will personally take you through our four galleries, including our newest exhibition "The Great Divide". RSVP now by visiting our website. #MuseumFromHome #BSMFromHome ...

This pair features an upper made using silver-coloured metallic thread brocade and green velvet would have been worn by a bride! Learn more about this pair in our collection on our blog, Step into the BSM. #MuseumFromHome #BSMFromHome ...

Great Divide Back ground 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. Government Sponsor: Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund