If you love shoes as much as we do, you will love the world’s most famous shoe museums! Discover more in our StoryMap below.
If you are a shoe addict like us, you will delight in what these extraordinary museums can teach us about the history of footwear through the ages. Each one of these charming museums offers their own unique perspective, with some focusing more on design while others emphasise history.
One of our favourites is the Ferragamo Museo in the Italian city of Florence. This museum celebrates the glamourous footwear of the famed Italian designer Salvatore Ferragamo - a favourite of Hollywood stars such as Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland. The collection includes 10,000 models of Ferragamo’s fantastical creations ranging from the 1920s until his death in 1960.
The Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto is easily the most famous shoe museum in the world. And it’s not without reason, as this renowned museum houses over 13,000 shoes and footwear-related artifacts – making it the largest collection in the world. Representing 4,500 years of history, its collection spans through the ages with footwear from some of the earliest civilizations on earth right through to modern-day innovations from such legendary designers as Vivienne Westwood and Manolo Blahnik.
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