“A shoe has so much more to offer than just to walk.” Christian Louboutin
It has been so long since I have done a Shoesday Tuesday. It’s not that I ran out of shoes… far from it. I just kept wearing the same ones and then before I realized (honestly), I had bought even more shoes and the promise that I had made to myself to not buy any more shoes until I have worn every pair of shoes in my closet, was broken. Oh well, shoes make me very happy indeed!
So, you can imagine my glee at finding out Toronto, where I was last week has its very own shoe museum, called the Bata Shoe Museum. A whole five-storey building dedicated to the history of the shoe from the barbaric of shoe binding to life threatening like shoes made with arsenic to the gorgeously elegant worn by Marilyn Monroe, to the funky worn by Elton John, to impractical and practical and totally outrageous. What a great few hours.
I highly recommend a visit to this little museum for anyone interested in learning and understanding more about the history of the awesome shoe!
“Discover the treasures of North America’s charming and surprising shoe museum. Over a thousand shoes and related artefacts (from a collection numbering over 13,000) are on exhibit in architect Raymond Moriyama’s award-winning five floor structure.
The Museum celebrates the style and function of footwear in four impressive galleries. Footwear on display ranges from Chinese bound foot shoes and ancient Egyptian sandals to chestnut-crushing clogs and glamourous platforms. Over 4,500 years of history and a collection of 20th-century celebrity shoes are reflected in the semi-permanent exhibition, All About Shoes. Three other galleries feature changing exhibitions, so there’s always something new to see.”