Shoes. For you and your girlfriends, the mere mention of the word can evoke a passion and longing that can only be satisfied by an expensive trip to a shoe store. Unless, that is, you happen to be in downtown Toronto, where the Bata Shoe Museum will send you swooning with displays of some of the most beautiful, colorful, and downright amazing shoes you’ve ever seen. For the cost of a $14 admission—a fraction of what you’d pay for a new pair of Louboutins—you and your fellow shoe-gazers can spend the day drooling over more than 10,000 shoes and shoe-related items, from the primitive leather straps worn by prehistoric tribes to high-tech footwear that seems plucked from the future. Start in the Footwear Through the Ages exhibit, where you can imagine how comfortable pointy metal armor shoes from 1490s Germany must have been, and shiver at the functional yet terrifying-looking chestnut-crushing clogs of 1800s France. Then move on to the Rise of Sneaker Culture, where you can see the canvas kicks of an iconic Canadian named Justin Bieber. Of course you’re here for the glamour, so make a beeline for some of the most famous footwear of all: a sexy pair of red-leather stiletto heels worn by the original bombshell herself, Marilyn Monroe. You won’t be able to take any of these pieces of eye candy home to add to your own collection, but if you study the exhibits on shoemaking traditions in the Collected in the Field gallery, you might be able to recreate your favorite shoes yourself. If that fails, there’s always the mall. We hear there’s a sale this week.

Bata Shoe Museum

327 Bloor St W Toronto ON M5S 1W7

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