For the shoe lover in your life

During your visit to the BSM, make sure you leave some time to browse in our Museum Shop!  Filled with a selection of thoughtfully chosen items inspired by the Bata Shoe Museum collection and exhibitions, the shop has an ever-changing selection of books, ornaments, gifts, paper goods and more!

Opening hours for the shop are the same as those for the Museum.

Item of the month:

Shoes: The Meaning of Style
By BSM Senior Curator Elizabeth Semmelhack 



Today, buying shoes, wearing shoes, and collecting shoes is for many of us a habit that borders on fetish. Shoe lover or not, we all make choices every day about which shoes to wear. But why do we choose the footwear we do?

In Shoes: The Meaning of Style, Elizabeth Semmelhack explores the history of shoes and how different types of footwear have come to say varying things about the people who wear them. Organized around four main shoe types—boots, sneakers, high heels, and sandals—the book explains their origins, the impact of technology on how shoes are produced and worn, and explores their designs, describing how shoes now have social meaning far beyond their use to protect the foot. She considers how some footwear has been used to protect power structures and perpetuate cultural values, while other footwear has been worn in protest of prevailing cultural norms despite simultaneously being an unabashed product of consumer capitalism. Along the way, Semmelhack reveals the scandals, successes, and obsessions of the designers and consumers that have built the juggernaut shoe industry.

Beautifully illustrated throughout, Shoes is a surprising history of an everyday piece of attire. It will appeal not only to followers of fashion, but to those interested in social history and identity.



Many of the BSM’s books are now available for purchase on the BSM’s Amazon shop.  Here are a sample of some of our recent publications:

Out of the BoxNow Available!
Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture
By Elizabeth Semmelhack, intro by Bobbito Garcia, an interview with Tinker Hatfield by Dee Wells and contributions from numerous experts. Published by Rizzoli.
Now available in our shop


Based on the BSM’s groundbreaking traveling exhibition, Out of the Box showcases sneakers, from the mid-nineteenth century to sports performance breakthroughs, to present-day cultural icons. Drawn from the collection of the Bata Shoe Museum and significant private collectors, museums, and archives—including adidas AG, Converse Archives, Kosow Sneaker Museum, Nike Archives, Northampton Museums and Art Gallery, and Reebok Archives—this selection is richly contextualized with interviews and essays by design innovators, sneaker collectors, and cultural historians, creating a backdrop of the technical innovation, fashion trends, social history, and marketing campaigns that shaped the form over the past two centuries.


Standing Tall
Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels
By Elizabeth Semmelhack
Now available in-store and online




Heights of Fashion: a History of the Elevated Shoe
By Elizabeth Semmelhack



On A Pedestal: From Renaissance Chopines to Baroque Heels

By  Elizabeth Semmelhack





Our Boots

Our Boots: An Inuit Woman’s Art
By Jill Oakes and Rick Riewe





Spirit of Siberia: Traditional Native Life, Clothing and Footwear

By Jill E. Oakes






Sonja Bata’s Vision, Raymond Moriyama’s Design