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Another way men get high
A new exhibit plus the Bata Shoe Museum’s 20th anniversary
Toronto’s Bata Shoe Museum is celebrating its 20th anniversary year beginning this May. The downtown museum has a collection of 13,000 shoes spanning 4500 years. Many of the museum’s edgiest high heels are on display now through May 2016 — all of them belonged to men. Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels explores the fancy footwear from the early 1600s to today and why some men — from privileged rulers to “hyper-sexualized” rock stars — preferred them to flats. “When heels were introduced into fashion at the turn of the 17th century, men were the first to adopt them,” Elizabeth Semmelhack, the museum’s senior curator recently said. “And they continued wearing heels as expressions of power and prestige for over 130 years.” John Lennon’s original 1960s Beatle boots are on display as are platforms worn by Elton John in the 1970s. Adults $14.Thursdays from 5 to 8pm by donation. tel: (416) 979-7799; batashoemuseum.ca.
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