4. The Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto
10,000 shoes representing 4,500 years of history, displayed in a four-story building. Those facts give you some sense of the scope of The Bata Shoe Museum’s collection. In the 1940s, museum founder Sonja Bata began collecting shoes from around the world, having developed an interest in footwear after marrying the son of a shoe manufacturer. Today, the collection on show at the museum represents shoes from cultures all over the globe: from Chinese silk shoes to Dutch clogs, and from shoes worn as armor to heels shown off by flappers.
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