Footwear of Famous People

For years, movie stars have left their footprints in the "Walk of Fame" on Hollywoud Boulevard. The Bata Shoe Museum has its own walk of fame, where selected shoes are displayed from a growing collection of famous people's footwear from every arena: performers like Mikhail Baryshnikov and Glenn Gould; film stars like Elizabeth Taylor and Robert Redford; politicians like Indira Gandhi and Winston Churchill; sports figures like Donovan Bailey, John McEnroe, and Roger Federer; as well as famous historical figures such as Napoleon and Queen Victoria.

Marilyn Monroe’s red leather stiletto shoes. c.1957

John Lennon’s single ‘Chelsea’ boot.
c. 1962

Terry Fox’s single Adidas running shoe.
c. 1980

Queen Victoria’s silk slippers.
c.1840

Napoleon Bonaparte’s silk socks.
c.1821

Madonna’s platform Dolce and Gabbana shoes. c.1992


For conservation reasons, and in order to show more variety over time, only a selection of footwear from the permanent collection is displayed in our exhibitions at any one time. This means there's always something new to see.