I remember laughing when I first heard of the Bata shoe museum, thinking I’d never want to go to that, but I have to say, it’s pretty damn interesting. They have over 12,500 artifacts which are changed up throughout the year covering over 4500 years of shoes from all over the world. You can see an exact replica of the oldest known shoe (5300 years old), 1920s Art deco heels, as well as Chinese binding shoes that stunted a girl’s feet so they would be the ideal size of 3 inches. As you move throughout the ages, you end up at the celebrity shoe area. Check out Michael Jordan’s size 23 basketball shoes, or Elton John’s infamous platforms, Marilyn’s red leather stilettos, Justin Beiber’s trainers, John Lennon’s Cheslea boot and even Napolean’s socks!
Entrance usually costs $14 but on Thursday nights (5-8pm) it’s ‘Pay what you can’.
Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor St. West, St George Station