• Artist: Various
  • Medium: Exhibition
  • Project Type: Major Institutions
  • Neighbourhood: Bloor / Yorkville

A powerful reflection on a turbulent decade, this exhibition explores the dramatic design changes seen in footwear during the 1930s.


Bata Shoe Museum

  • Address: 327 Bloor St. W.
    Third floor
  • Public Washrooms: Yes
  • Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible
  • Indoors/Outdoors: Indoors

The Project

As global economies tumbled during the Great Depression, want proliferated—want of employment, want of security, want of escape. The desires born from want led to an explosion of creativity, including some of the most innovative shoe designs in Western fashion history. “WANT: Desire, Design and Depression Era Footwear” is a journey through the fashions, styles and materials of the time.

The Artist

  • Various