Imelda Marcos, eat your heart out. This modern museum houses the shoe-magnate Bata family’s 10,000-item collection. The attractive building, designed by Raymond Moriyama, suggests a whimsical shoebox. The main gallery, “All About Shoes,” traces the history of footwear, beginning with a plaster cast of some of the earliest known human footprints that date to 4 million B.C. You’ll come across such specialty shoes as spiked clogs used to crush chestnuts in 17th-century France, Elton John’s 12-inch-plus platforms, and well-worn sandals that once graced the feet of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. One display focuses on Canadian footwear fashioned by the Inuit, while another highlights 19th-century ladies’ shoes. The second-story galleries house changing exhibits, which have taken on some serious topics, such as a history of foot binding in China.
Bata Shoe Museum
327 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Our Rating Neighborhood At St. George Street Hours Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri and Sat 10am–5pm; Thurs 10am–8pm; Sun noon–5pm Transportation Subway: St. George Phone 416/979-7799 Prices $14 adults; $12 seniors; $8 students (w/ID); $5 children 5–17; free for children 4 and under Web site Bata Shoe Museum