Madonna shoes from the Girlie Show at the Bata Museum
Dr. Hatley Miltchin, a podiatrist, collects shoes like other people collect autographs. It all started with Michael Jordan‘s black sneakers.
“I lived in Chicago for many years and I was a big fan of the Bulls at the time. I was especially a fan of Michael Jordan and I really wanted a pair of his shoes.” Miltchin bought the Nike Air Jordan XIs in 1996 at a Chicago Bulls charity auction. The sneakers came with silver signatures from the entire team, including Jordan and the Bulls’ coach.
Jordan’s shoe is currently part of the eclectic exhibit, Starstruck! A Celebrity Shoe Soiree at the Bata Shoe Museum. The exhibit features footwear worn by Hollywood athletes, actors and musicians.
Other shoes exhibited at Starstruck! include silver strapped sandals worn by Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley‘s cowboy boots and classic Oxfords belonging to James Bond movie star Pierce Brosnan. There is also a nearby glass case displaying the sneakers of rap megastar, Eminem.
“The Eminem shoes are interesting because he really doesn’t sign autographs, he was very opposed to it,” Miltchin recalls.
The exhibit was originally supposed to close this February, but the engagement has been extended because of its popularity.
For those who visit the exhibit, located on the second floor of the museum complex at Bloor St. W. and St. George St., don’t expect grey walls and dusty displays. The main corridor to Starstruck! is decorated with golden stars from the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a red carpet. Inside the one-room soiree, walls are lined with encased shoes from Marilyn Monroe‘s red pumps to Madonna’s red platforms.
Madonna’s shoes worn in 1993. Photo courtesy of the Bata shoe museum
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