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Never before have a few inches mattered so much…

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.

Take a moment to listen to our podcast on the Master John boot, one of the artefacts featured in “Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels”.

Canadian, designed and made by Master John, 1973
Canadian, designed and made by Master John, 1973

Click here for a pdf version of the press release for Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels.  A contact sheet of artefact images and information from the exhibition can be found here. To download our general press kit, please visit our Media Room.

For more information, to arrange interviews or for high res visuals, please contact:
Nicole Cahill
New Media and Marketing Manager Bata Shoe Museum
416.979.7799 x239