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Manolo Blahnik’s Feat of Art

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The Bata Shoe Museum is the only North American museum dedicated solely (pun intended) to footwear. It’s therefore the natural endpoint for Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes, a traveling retrospective of one of fashion’s most influential figures. This is the only North American destination on a world tour that’s included Moscow, Milan, and Madrid. The exhibition runs through January 6th.

While you’re there, explore the permanent collection. Sonja Bata, whose husband was the CEO of the Bata Shoe Company, began collecting shoes in the 1940s and by the 1970s needed a dedicated venue to house her collection. The result, the Bata Shoe Museum, is now dedicated to footwear research as well as Mrs. Bata’s extensive collection. Even the building takes its inspiration from a shoebox, designed by Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama, best-known internationally for designing the National Museum of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh.