On with the shoe

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Opened in 1995, Toronto’s Bata Shoe Mu­seum has the world’s big­gest public col­lec­tion of footwear.

At any one time, its dis­play in­cludes more than 1,000 pieces of footwear and re­lated ar­ti­facts from a col­lec­tion of more than 13,000 items.

The 39,000-square-foot build­ing, de­signed by ar­chi­tect Ray­mond Moriyama, con­tains four main gal­leries and was in­spired by the shoe col­lec­tion of Sonja Bata, an ar­chi­tect mar­ried to Thomas J. Bata of Bata Shoes. Car­rie Brad­shaw would have a field day.

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The re­stored toys that in­spired Win­nie-the-Pooh’s char­ac­ters are dis­played at the main branch of the New York Public Li­brary.

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A se­lec­tion of moc­casins and muk­luks on dis­play at the Bata Shoe Musem.

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A 1920s art deco style shoe fea­tur­ing gun metal leather with faux di­a­mond but­ton.

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