Toronto, Canada

Bata Shoe Museum

The Bata Shoe Museum offers a fascinating tour through the history of footwear, reflecting the styles, needs, and technology that reflect world cultures.

With a collection of over 13,000 pairs of shoes, the Bata Shoe Museum offers research and education about an accessory that is more than just simple footwear.

Shoes As Culture

The collection holds footwear from around the world. Put in its global and cultural perspectives, the exhibits showcase an understanding of technological advancement, social values, climate, and location with a novel approach. Rotating exhibits feature select holdings to illustrate everything from footwear dictated by work to high fashion objects of art.

Education and History

The uniquely designed five-story building is meant to evoke the sense of a shoe box and contains four gallery spaces, a permanent one entitled All About Shoes: Footwear Through the Ages that gives a historical overview of footwear and three rotating exhibits that remain for designated time periods that feature particular focus on an area of interest such as religion or geographic area. The museum also holds the largest collection of Native American and First Nations footwear in the world.