The Bata Shoe Museum gratefully acknowledges the financial support by the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canadian Culture Online Strategy. This website is a virtual edition of in-house exhibitions previously on display at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto.

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In assembling the contextualizing images for each exhibition, we have made every effort to contact all parties regarding clearance of copyright and licensing. We would be grateful to hear from anyone who can provide additional information on this matter. Please contact

Production Team

Project Officer:
Anne Cobban

Project Management:
Phase I - Suzanne McLean
Phase II - Elizabeth Edwards

Web Design:
MGT Communications/Design Lab   Design Lab logo

Educational Partners:
Curriculum Services Canada   Curriculum Services Canada logo

Research and Content Development

Curatorial Team:
Elizabeth Semmelhack, Curator
Sarah Beam, Assistant Curator
Elizabeth Edwards, Assistant Curator
Suzanne McLean, Collections Manager
Ada Hopkins, Conservator
Sheila Knox, Education Coordinator

Curatorial Contributors:
Judy Thompson, Canadian Museum of Civilization
Jill Oakes, University of Manitoba
Rick Riewe, University of Manitoba

Copy Editing:
Elizabeth Edwards
Jayne Flinn Burton

Project Assistants:
Stephanie Draker
Lauren Rosenblum
Jennifer Bullock
Pierre Bios

User Testing:
Elizabeth O’Grady

French Translation:
Monique Tanton-Lawson
Eleanor Verrette
Pierre Bios

Inuktitut Translation:
Suzie Napayok


Digital Photography:
Phase I - Hal Roth Photography
Phase II - Pete Paterson Photography

3D Imaging:
AVT Studios Inc

Artefact Preparation:
Ada Hopkins

Image Scanning/Post Production:
Maciek Linowski (
Stephanie Draker
MGT Communications/Design Lab

With Special Thanks to
Toboggan Design, Montreal
ps design, Toronto
Holman Exhibits, Toronto
Pathway Communications Inc.

Phase I

Paths Across the Plains: Traditional Footwear from the Great Plains

Image Credits

Allen County/Fort Wayne Historical Society
Beinecke Library, Yale University
Glenbow Archives
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska
Library and Archives of Canada
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division
McCormick Library of Special Collections, Northwestern University Library
National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
National Parks Service, United States Department of the Interior
Nebraska State Historical Society
Omaha Public Library
Richard Throssel Collection, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
Royal Ontario Museum
Smithsonian American Art Museum
State Historical Society of North Dakota
William Hammond Mathers Museum, Indiana University

Appeasing the Spirits: Alaskan Coastal Cultures


Seamstresses and hunters from the Alaskan coastal cultures are sincerely thanked for their hospitality during the research phase of this exhibition and for sharing their traditional knowledge included in this work. The director and curators of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology (Kunstkamera)of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation are thanked for sharing their insights and allowing their national treasures to be included in this exhibition.

Image Credits

Alaska Geographic Society
Alexander Tikhomirov (MAE collection)
Anchorage Museum of History and Art
Archives, Alaska and Polar Regions Collections, Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Image Archives, Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Jill Oakes
Lael Morgan
Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology (Kunstkamera) of the Russian Academy of Sciences (MAE)
Rick Riewe
University of Alberta Archives

Footsteps on the Sacred Earth: Native Peoples of the Southwest

Image Credits

Dmitri Kasterine
National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University
Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
Utah Museum of Natural History

Paduka: Feet and Footwear in the Indian Tradition

Image Credits

Doranne Jacobson, International Images
Dr. Eberhard Fischer, Zurich
Dr. William K. Ehrenfeld, San Francisco Bay Area, California
John Bigelow-Taylor Photography
Journal of Indian Art and Industry
Jutta Jain-Neubauer
Oppi Untracht
Pankaj Shah
Rajesh Soni
Rajiv Roy
Simon Ray Indian and Islamic Works of Art, London
Surinder Singh Ahuja
Swapan Sarkar
The Crafts Council of Karnataka
The National Museum of India, New Delhi
The Trustees of the British Museum, London

Japanese Footgear: Walking the Path of Innovation

Image Credits

Art Resource
Asian Art & Archaeology Inc.
Brooklyn Museum of Art
Burstein Collection
Erich Lessing
Historical Picture Archive
Hulton-Deutsch Collection
José Fuste Raga
Michael Maslan Historic Photographs
Victoria & Albert Museum

What's Their Line?: Shoes That Work

Image Credits

Toboggan Design, Montreal

Heights of Fashion: A History of the Elevated Foot

Image Credits

Art Resource
George Hurrell
J. Howard Miller
Jean-Paul Goude
Michael Ochs Archive (MOA)
Musée d'art et d'histoire de la Ville de Genève
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris
René Gruau s.a.r.l.
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
Musée du Louvre

Phase II

Tradition and Innovation: Northern Athapaskan Footwear

Image Credits

Alaska State Library
Archives of Manitoba
Canadian Museum of Civilization
Glenbow Archives
Hudson’s Bay Company Archives
Jeff Vanuga
Kate C. Duncan
Library and Archives Canada
National Anthropological Archives
Northwest Territories Archives (NWT Archives)
Press Independent
Provincial Archives of Alberta
Ray Webber
Smithsonian Institution
University of Pennsylvania Museum
Yukon Archives

The Perfect Pair: Wedding Traditions from Around the World

Image Credits

Agence France-Presse (AFP)
Annie Wood
Art Resource
Artur Bilczyk
Bill Helmer
Bob Krist
Blend Images
Colin Anderson
David Bartruff
Georgi Licvski
Getty Images
Guildhall Art Gallery
Helen Cincebeaux and Helen Semek Baine Collection
Heritage Image Partnership
Historical Picture Archive
Horace Bristol
James and Dena Nicoloff
John Eastcott and Yva Momatiuk
Keystone View Company
Collection of Linda Gross
Margaret Bourke-White
Michael S. Yamashit
Michel Setboun
National Geographic
Nik Wheeler
Peter M. Wilson
Réunion des Musées Nationaux
Santokh Kochar
Stephanie Draker
Stuart McClymont
The Bridgeman Art Library
Musée du Louvre
Time & Life Pictures
Victoria & Albert Museum
Yves Ruben

Chronicles of Riches: Treasures of the Bata Shoe Museum

Image Credits

Art Resource
Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz
British Museum
Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher
Charles and Josette Lenars
Dick Durrance
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives
Erich Lessing
Getty Images
Hal Roth Photography
Hulton-Deutsch Collection
Jill Oakes
Kevin Fleming
LTI Photo Lab
Maria Stenzel
Matthew Plexman Photography
Michael Masian Historic Photographs
National Geographic Image Collection
National Museum of African Art
National Museum of New Delhi
Northwestern University Library
Ohio Historical Society
Otto Bettman
Parham House
Per-Anders Pettersson
Rick Riewe
Ruth Malloy
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Smithsonian Institution
Stapleton Collection
Stephanie Draker
The Art Archive
The Frick Collection
The Wallace Collection
Victoria & Albert Museum
Werner Forman

Our Boots: An Inuit Woman’s Art

Image Credits

Antony Vecera
Archives of Manitoba
David F. Pelly
Hudson’s Bay Company Archives
Jill Oakes
Judy McGrath
Library Archives of Canada
Micheline Manseau
Mina Napartuk
National Film Board of Canada
Northwest Territories Archives (NWT Archives)
Rick Riewe
Robert Keziere
The Estate of Frank Kazmerowich

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