Do you ever hear about a museum displaying shoes? Here it is. Bata Shoe created by Sonja Bata is a museum about collecting kinds of shoes. This unique idea of fascinating and vast shoe museum came from the designer Raymond Moriyama. Today, there are more than ten thousands items of foot wear telling the history over 4,500 years in this five-storey building. Many visitors are attracted by this amazing collection.
The museum started as a personal interest for shoes. Sonja Bata likes shoes. Since 1940, she started to collect a variety of shoes. Her collection is too many to store in her own space in 1979. So after that, her family helped her build her Bata Shoe Museum.
We can learn the history from this collection of shoes in this museum. There are kinds of foot wear that you can’t imagine displaying here from shoes worn by North American Indigenous people to the fashion shoes nowadays. These shoes represent different fashion in different countries, different shoe culture around the world and the history of shoes. Shoes have always reflected something of needs, the wearer’s culture, affiliation, age and social status. The collections have some really interesting items and the entire history of footwear is well told in an entertaining and informative way. This boots, sandals and shoes simply represent the human’s development. Also, there are often some events held here like The Snapshot of Tuscany and The Rise of Sneaker Culture.
The Museum is open every day a year except December 25 and Good Friday.
Bata Shoe Museum’s ticket price:
$14 for adult
$12 for senior
$10 for students with ID card
$5 for children under five years old
It is free every Thursday from 5 to 8 pm.
Address: It is located on 327 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1W7, Canada