Highlights from The World at Your Feet

  • American, 1985

  • In 1984, the young Chicago Bulls rookie basketball player Michael Jordan signed with Nike to create a line of signature sneakers called Air Jordans. This pair dates to 1985, the first year Air Jordans were made.
  • Han Chinese, 20th century

  • Tigers have long been symbols of protection, strength, and bravery in Chinese culture. Warriors historically dressed in tiger skins or painted tiger patterns on their armor as protective amulets and mothers traditionally used tiger symbolism on their children’s clothing as a means of offering them protection.
  • French, 2014

  • Disney released the film Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie in 2014. To promote the film Jolie wore shoes designed by Christian Louboutin inspired by her character, the misunderstood fairy Maleficent from Charles Perrault’s famous story Sleeping Beauty. Gift of Christian Louboutin.
  • Egyptian, 2565 - 2278 B.C.E

  • Ancient Egyptians believed that the dead need to bring everything they might require in the next life including footwear. This pair of white wooden sandals were made specifically for inclusion in a grave.
  • Turkish, c. 1900

  • Wealthy brides in Turkey used to be given fancy bathhouse clogs called nalin with matching bowls to use in the hammam or bathhouse to get ready for their weddings. This pair is made of silver.

American, 1985

In 1984, the young Chicago Bulls rookie basketball player Michael Jordan signed with Nike to create a line of signature sneakers called Air Jordans. This pair dates to 1985, the first year Air Jordans were made.

Han Chinese, 20th century

Tigers have long been symbols of protection, strength, and bravery in Chinese culture. Warriors historically dressed in tiger skins or painted tiger patterns on their armor as protective amulets and mothers traditionally used tiger symbolism on their children’s clothing as a means of offering them protection.

French, 2014

Disney released the film Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie in 2014. To promote the film Jolie wore shoes designed by Christian Louboutin inspired by her character, the misunderstood fairy Maleficent from Charles Perrault’s famous story Sleeping Beauty. Gift of Christian Louboutin.

Egyptian, 2565 - 2278 B.C.E

Ancient Egyptians believed that the dead need to bring everything they might require in the next life including footwear. This pair of white wooden sandals were made specifically for inclusion in a grave.

Turkish, c. 1900

Wealthy brides in Turkey used to be given fancy bathhouse clogs called nalin with matching bowls to use in the hammam or bathhouse to get ready for their weddings. This pair is made of silver.

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Bata Shoe Museum

Located in Toronto, the Bata Shoe Museum regularly displays over a thousand shoes and related artefacts, chosen from a collection of over 13,000 objects, in architect Raymond Moriyama’s iconic, award-winning building. The BSM celebrates the style, development and function of footwear.

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