Bata Shoe Museum : Michelin's recommendations
Housed in a five-storey building designed by renowned architect Raymond Moriyama to resemble a shoebox, this unique museum draws on its 10,000-piece collection to illustrate a 4,500-year history of shoemaking and mankind's footwear. Shoes in the permanent exhibit range from 3,550-year-old Theban funerary slippers and 1,500-year-old Anasazi sandals to Mahatma Gandhi's leather chappals (c.1940s), singer Elton John's platform shoes and Princess Diana's fuchsia kid pumps. Other fascinating foot coverings include a pair of bell-adorned padukas, or sandals, traditionally worn by brides in India; knee-high, reed-bound fumidawara-Japanese foot "buckets" donned to make paths in snow; lush, elevated Italian chopines from Renaissance times; and 19C French clogs with iron spikes for chestnut crushing. Former prime minister Pierre Trudeau's leather sandals, worn in his student days, are also part of the collection. Changing exhibits as well as the permanent collection are shown over four floors.
- Address : 327 Bloor-St.-W CDN - Toronto M5S 1W7M5S 1W7Toronto
- Phone : (416) 979-7799
- Website : http://www.batashoemuseum.ca
- Prices : 14 $ (-18 years old 5 $)