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DISCOVER | PLAN | SEE | LEARN | SUPPORT | ENGAGE

               ART & INNOVATION:
               TRADITIONAL ARCTIC
               FOOTWEAR FROM THE BATA

               SHOE MUSEUM COLLECTION
               Now on view
               At the top of the world, spanning over fourteen million
               square kilometers and eight countries, the Arctic landscapes
               may seem harsh and inhospitable yet the region is home
               to over forty distinct cultural groups.  These people have
               thrived for centuries by creating beautiful and diverse
               solutions that both embrace the unique opportunities
               provided by the Arctic as well as to meet its many
               challenges.  In particular, the footwear and clothing created
               by Arctic women attests to this history of innovation.  The
               incredible range of circumpolar attire includes inventive
               technologies that ensure comfort to intricate decorative
               techniques used to communicate cultural identity.  Drawing
               from the BSM’s extensive circumpolar holdings and
               building upon information gathered during the museum-
               sponsored field research trips to Arctic nations, see inspiring
               footwear, garments and tools, which highlight the artistry
               and ingenuity of the makers, and reveal different cultural
               identities, crafting techniques and spiritual meanings.

               STANDING TALL: THE
               CURIOUS HISTORY OF MEN IN
               HEELS

               Now on View
               Challenge your preconceived notions of who wears heels
               and why.  From privileged rulers to hyper-sexualized rock
               stars, explore the history of men in heels from the early
               1600s to today.  Offering rare examples of men’s heeled
               footwear from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries,
               mid-nineteenth century military boots, 1930s cowboy boots
               and 1940s biker boots, visitors can also see John Lennon’s
               original 1960s Beatle boot and platforms worn by Elton
               John in the 1970s, all from the museum’s own holdings.



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