Renaissance shoes on display in Toronto

The Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto is playing host to On a Pedestal: From Reniassance Chopines to Baroque Heels, an exhibit that "explores two of the most extreme forms of footwear ever worn in Western fashion, the outrageous platform chopine and its eventual replacement, the high heel." (photos)

The exhibit includes rare examples of Renaissance and Baroque footwear on loan from such museums as the V&A, Museo Bardini, Florence, and Ambras Castle, Austria. Photos from some of the shoes are available on the museum's website.

The exhibit will run until September 20, 2010.