#50 - go to the Bata Shoe Museum

On Thursday I was kickin around town killing some time in between two things when I stopped to sit and write at the corner of Bloor & Huron. It was actually nice enough just to sit outside which is a nice change. Anyhow after being there for a bit I looked up and noticed the view of this: *

See that purple and green sign that says '10' with a shoe in it? That made me realize that The Bata Shoe Museum has been around for 10 years and I've never been there! Then I also realized it was Thurdsay, and on Thursdays its free between 5-8pm. I felt like a sign, so I went with it!!

Upon entering, I was greeted and asked some questions on how I knew about the museum and also informed that there was a Highland Dancing demonstration shortly. Cool! I proceeded to the third floor as recommended by the person at the door as that seems to be where their non permanent collections are. I was quite impressed with the variety of different shoes they had, as well and the interesting history behind them! I was floored by the innovative work of Beth Levine, who created such interesting time saver shoes like ones that would adhere to the bottom of your foot, or a shoe that had a stocking on it so you only need 1 item instead of 2. There was also the wonderfully crafted and whimsical work of Christian Louboutin, one shoe had a heel of a Guinness can. The third floor was definitely my favourite. How can you not like shoes like this? :

Some of the more surreal moments of my visit were:
- At one point I was in one of the smaller rooms and decided to take a picture of the shoes and wondered if anyone was looking and if this was ok. I really don't think anyone noticed or minded because all five of the other people in the room were doing the same thing! I wondered if anyone was actually LOOKING at the shoes, or just taking pictures.
- Eyes opened wide in disbelief looking at the staggering 22cm heels by Vivienne Westwood. - Seeing the actual shoes worn by famous people. It was cool but also kinda creepy, and holy moly Pierce Brosnan has some big feet.

* Sadly, the images accompanying this post has disappeared over the years.

Comments

Jamie said…
Lol, did Pierce Brosnan wear those Vivienne Westwood heels?

That's so cool that you got to go. And I can't believe there was Highland Dancing. I love the toes of the first shoes you show there! What a spontaneous treat!

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