Favourite shoes from the Bata Shoe Museum – from Instagram.
The Bata Shoe Museum is a unique museum in downtown Toronto which has hundreds of shoes on display from a collection of over 10,000. The museum has one permanent exhibit and three rooms with changing exhibits so visitors can return knowing that there will be something new to see.
My 10 year-old daughter and I had a great time browsing the exhibits this week and snapping photos of our favourite shoes to show off on Instagram.
Before even entering the exhibit halls, Emma had to try on a few shoes…
We loved the stylish collection of celebrity shoes in the “Star Turns” mini-theatre.
These lovely pairs were worn by Hollywood starlets Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor.
A pair of Elton John’s boots – I have no idea how he was able to perform in these!
And Justin Bieber’s sneakers (this was Emma’s favourite)!
The handiwork on the Native North American footwear was exquisite.
We learned about Shoemaking Traditions from Around the World.
I have always wanted a pair of these wooden clogs called Klompen from the Netherlands.
These Kamik were worn by Arctic Aboriginal peoples such as the Inuit.
The Jutti is a delicate type of footwear worn in India.
And finally we stopped by the Sneaker Culture exhibit and discovered that sneakers can be stylish too!
Now we’re looking forward to a return visit to see the museum’s ever changing collection of fancy footwear.
Emma and I were provided with complimentary admission to the museum.
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Leigh Powell Hines (@Hinessightblog)
I loved seeing this yesterday in your feed. I think this would be a neat place to visit. I want to get back to Toronto one day with the kids.
Leigh, your family would love Toronto – there is so much for kids to do! Having said that, I never imagined that kids would have fun at a shoe museum but my daughter loved it!!
Nice collection of shoes. I really like the Native North American ones. Great detail on those.
You’ve just made this half-filipino girl very jealous. Shoes, glorious shoes.
How classic are those Marilyn Monroe shoes! My personal favorite are the ones worn in India.
I had great time following your shoe adventure last night on Instagram! Looks like an interesting place to visit, thanks for sharing!
Chasing the Donkey
Shoes, shoes, shoes… ah, bliss. And bonus that it’s a great family thing to do. Fun for all.
I was so surprised when I visited the Bata Shoe Museum to find that it was so large. I envisioned a kind of small, quirky place. Loved the exhibits. When I was there,there was special exhibit with shoes from the 50s and 60s by former Dior designer Roger Vivier. Very cool place.
Katja of Skimbaco
What a fun place to visit!!
I love those kinds of museum. They are so quirky and interesting. Really cool shoes too… I need to update my wardrobe perhaps 🙂
I was wondering about your Shoe posts on Instagram!! They are super cute, and I love them all – but gee how did Elton John walk in those super high shoes, let alone perform in them? Crazy height 🙂
They are absolutely gorgeous – the photo doesn’t begin to do them justice!!
Ann, this museum is heaven for anyone who loves shoes! You would not believe the oohing and aahing that Emma did at all the exhibits!!
Thanks, Satu, it is quite a fun museum to visit!
Yes, I think my daughter could look at shoes all day long!!
It was much larger than I expected too, Cathy! Now we can’t wait to return to see what’s on display the next time!
We had a great time!!
Maybe some boots like Elton John’s!! 😉
I know I would not have been able to perform like he did in them, Lisa!
Oh these are marvelous shoes! They are all so special
WoW, what a marvelous collection of shoes.
I grew up with Bata Shoe Stores and was expecting some pretty staid and sturdy shoes. These have pizzazz!
Thomas | Jus Getaway
A lot of great shoes there and a great place to spend time with the family. This is something that would be great for my family and I to visit and my fav shoes would have to be those elf shoes.
I’d like a pair of sneakers that said POW on them – way cool. I’ve never visited the BATA Museum but it looks like there is some entertainment and educational value to the place.
There were so many incredible pairs to look at Charu, I never would have guessed that a shoe museum could be so much fun!
It’s definitely an impressive collection!
I couldn’t even begin to pick a favourite pair – there were so many that made me think “wow”!
Those are the best sneakers EVER as far as I’m concerned!!