Take a walk downtown Toronto and you’re sure to see any number of women who have adorned their legs with some variation of hosiery—some plain and unnassuming, others more elaborate and unique. Well, what’s the history of feet warmers anyway? You can find out at the Bata Shoe Museum for their newest exhibition, Socks: Between You and Your Shoes.
The exhibition was the brain child of Senior Museum Curator, Elizabeth Semmelhack who says that “For thousands of years, people around the world have sought to separate themselves from their shoes with all manner of socks. Some are humble, some are splendid but all were created to make us more comfortable as we walk through life”.
Items to watch out for? How about a pair of linen socks worn by King Charles I during the first half of the 17th century, or the socks worn by Napoleon Bonaparte during his exile in St. Helena. If you’re captivated by the ubiquitous hosiery that you see from day to day, why not check out a set of exquisite pale pink silk stockings which were worn by Queen Victoria during her reign?
Described as visually colourful and whimsical, this well soled exhibition is meant to appeal to the fashion-conscious, the scholarly, the curious, and all who appreciate the art of fine craftsmanship. So, if you’re looking for something to do that is out of the ordinary and can stimulate the imagination, stop by the Bata Shoe Museum for their newest exhibition, Socks: Between You and Your Shoes.