Bata Show Museum
Toronto, ON
July 2006

The shoe museum building has this award-winning design that looks like a partially opened shoe box.

Discover the treasures of North America's unique shoe museum. Over 10,000 shoes are housed in architect Raymond Moriyama's award-winning four-storey structure.

These are the official papal shoes. Anyone apart from the Pope caught wearing one of these in Rome will be burned at the stake!

Caption reads: The Christian year is marked by many observances. In many denominations, this liturgical calendar is reflected in the vestments worn by the clergy, and different colours or symbols are appropriate for different times of the year. It is also through clothing and footwear that the hierarchy within various churches is expressed. In Catholicism, slipper-like shoes are part of the official attire of bishops, therefore, those of lower rank may only wear them if granted the right by the Pope. In Rome, only the Pope is allowed to wear footwear embelisshed with the cross.

The Museum celebrates the style and function of footwear in four impressive galleries. Artifacts on exhibit range from Chinese bound foot shoes and ancient Egyptian sandals to chestnut crushing clogs and glamourous platforms. Over 4,500 years of history and a collection of 20th century celebrity shoes are reflected in the semi-permanent exhibition All About Shoes.