I’ve never really been a huge fan of vacationing. I love a nice vacation as much as the next girl, but vacationing on exotic beaches has never been on my to do list. Now, the idea of exploring, on the other hand, gets me so excited I can just spit.
Living somewhere as diverse as Toronto for my entire 21 years of existence it would be safe to assume that I have explored a lot of my city. Well, you’d be wrong. One of my new goals this year is to actually get to know the city I call home in all its glory. I need to get out of my comfort zone and dive into every small corner of this beautiful city.
The first floor of the exhibit starts with an interesting 4500 year history of footwear, throughout fashion and function. With the focus on the displays and images, the explanatory text is just enough to keep you interested and provide the information needed.
We then moved on to the “Notable People” exhibit, ranging from Napoleon Bonaparte’s socks to Justin Bieber’s high top sneakers. Now, I’m not a fan of the Biebs and the fact that his song kept ringing throughout the exhibit kind of made me want to cut my ears off. However, seeing Elton John’s boots and Margaret Atwood’s peacock inspired shoes made it worth it.
Some of the other exhibits we had the opportunity to look through were the “Roaring 20s”, which reminded me of how badly I wish I was born during such a glamorous era, and “Beauty, Identity, Pride: Native North American Footwear”. Lastly, we visited Art in Shoes, which illustrates the numerous ways that shoes inspire art and art inspires shoes.
One of my favourite artworks is a piece by Paul Wunderlich called A Deux. Created in the early 1970s, the work aims to illustrate the seductive play between the sexes.
The Bata Shoe Museum is located at Bloor and St. George, outside of St. George subway station. We went on a Tuesday afternoon and with my student card it only cost me $8.00. Also, with that purchase you got a 2nd free admission within the week, if you chose to go back.
Now, despite being a girl I’m not a huge fan of shoes. I can’t walk in bare feet, so heels are my enemy. Yet, the Bata Shoe Museum is so much more than that. If you’re a lover of history, pop culture, fashion or anything creative, I’d suggest it for an inexpensive afternoon outing.
A Boston girl via Toronto. University of Toronto, Sheridan College, and Boston University alumna. Passionate about ending domestic violence. Hoping to never go a day without carbs or chocolate.