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Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto

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Learn about the history of footwear at Bata Shoe Museum. The museum was established in 1995, based upon a collection of footwear belonging to Sonja Bata and her husband Tomas, son of the founder of the Bata Shoe Company. Situated in an eclectic deconstructive-style building designed by Raymond Moriyama, the museum houses the largest collection of footwear in the world. Admire shoes from numerous different cultures and time periods, divided into themes, and view footwear that used to belong to notable people, such as Queen Victoria, Elton John, and Elvis. Our Toronto trip planner makes visiting Bata Shoe Museum and other Toronto attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • We loved the Bata Shoe Museum. At approximately $14 (Canadian) it was worth the visit! It is not super big and we breezed through the floors fairly quickly but it was fun and interesting. There was qu...  more »
  • It was my second time visiting Bata shoe museum. This museum is a place for people who love shoes and would like to learn about footwear histories. If you adore Manolo Blahnik's design, this is the be...  more »
  • I finally visited the Bata Shoe Museum after my 12 th visit to Toronto. I wanted to check out the Manolo Exhibit and was pleased with what I saw. The world history of the shoe was quite interesting.  more »
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  • A local hospitality guide advised up the Bata was an absolute must see while in Toronto. We visited last week and enjoyed our experience overall. The history section with detailed descriptions of the various uses of footwear was the best. Form over function? Loved reading all about native tribes from around the globe and how their environments and needs dictate(d) their footwear choices. Beware: don't go there expecting to see any one particular pair of shoes someone told you about! We were informed that at any one time they are only displaying 3-5% of their total collection - the rest are downstairs in the Vault!
  • It's a museum. Completely dedicated to shoes. You might be thinking, "I'm sorry, what? Did you say...shoes? Like...feet clothes?" Why yes, like feet clothes. On the bottom floor is the history of shoes. Massively interesting. On the other floors are different exhibits which, if I'm correct, cycle out. I had the pleasure of seeing a bunch of golden shoes (including some great ancient sequence) and the shoes of the guy that the woman from "Sex and the City" is obsessed with. Something with an "M"? Anyway, still interesting. So if you're in the neighborhood, why not stop by and drop fourteen CAD to check out all those sweet feet clothes.
  • Though not a large museum it hosts an interesting collection of artifacts that are surprisingly captivating. I went when they had a special exhibit on clothing and shoes from the industrial era exploring the dangerous side of vibrant colors and style choices. I learned a lot and it made me glad not to be alive in those times. Additionally their exhibit on Arctic clothing was fascinating and the ingenuity of the local populace outstanding. I would highly recommend for all as an afternoon 2-3 hour visit at reasonable price. It is also easy accessible by subway.
  • Bata is synonymous with footwear. This museum is a testimony to the company's dedication to their trade. Interesting exhibits that touch history of footwear from across the world. Very well organised and beautifully presented. Do visit and you will not be disappointed.
  • Worth a look if you're into fashion or shoes. There are quite a few shoes that highlight the evolution of footwear over history and across different cultures. Isn't too costly to get in either.
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