Footprints on the World Stage


The Bata Shoe Museum's pursuit of extraordinary footwear from all over the world extends into the collecting of the footwear of notable people. Performers, athletes, politicians and artists have inspired us all with their skills and finesse. Footprints on the World Stage introduced visitors to an impressive array of footwear worn in moments of triumph on the world's stage. Step into the footprints of people who have reached the apex of their various genres; the footwear of icons like Pierre Trudeau, Madonna, Roger Federer, Napoleon and Marilyn Monroe.

Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962)
Marilyn Monroe once said “I don’t know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot”. Whether this statement is true or not, these sexy, red leather stiletto-heeled shoes give a sense of the sensual image cultivated by Monroe, who wore them in 1957 in Montreal. Marilyn Monroe became a cultural icon in the 1950s and has remained a popular culture touchstone ever since.
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Terry Fox (July 28, 1958 – June 28, 1981)
Terry Fox was a humanitarian, athlete, cancer research activist and hero to many. He embarked on a cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research after losing most of his right leg to cancer. This blue Adidas running shoe was worn by Fox on his cross-country journey in 1981 and was donated to the museum by the Canadian Cancer Society.
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Napoleon Bonaparte (August 15, 1769 - May 5, 1821)
The Bata Shoe Museum acquired this pair of black silk socks in 1996; they were worn by Napoleon Bonaparte the renowned French military leader who became the Emperor of France in 1804. The socks were worn by Napoleon during his exile on the island of St. Helena in 1821. They came from the family of W. Dickson, the assistant surgeon on H.M.S. Camel, the ship which brought Napoleon’s entourage home after his death.
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John Lennon (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980)
Some fans better know this Chelsea style ankle boot as the "Beatle" boot because of the fashion ushered in by the Beatles. John Lennon wore this boot in the 1960s when performing with the Beatles. Lennon left the band when they broke up in 1970 and enjoyed a very successful solo career.
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Roger Federer (August 8, 1981)
Many of Swiss tennis professional Roger Federer’s fans, opponents and professionals in the field feel that he is the greatest player in the history of the sport. He has won 10 Grand Slam titles in the past 31 appearances. This pair of autographed silver and white court shoes was donated to the Bata Shoe Museum by Roger himself. They show signs of wear on a clay court and were worn for the French Open in 2005.
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Justin Bieber (March 1, 1994)
These burgundy, high-top Supra SkyTop II sneakers were worn by teen-idol sensation Justin Bieber whose breakout career started when his mother posted home videos of his performances on YouTubeAfter his ‘discovery’ in 2008, Justin released his debut album My World 2.0 from which came the hit songs “One Time” and “Baby”. Not content to simply dominate the music world, Bieber released a 3D biographical movie in February of 2011 called Justin Bieber: Never Say Never to wild audience acclaim.
Image © 2011 Bata Shoe Museum

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