The Shoe Museum at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine

The Shoe Museum at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine Admission to museum is free. Visits must be scheduled in advance. https://calendly.com/shoemuseum/1

The Shoe Museum is excited to announce the opening of a new Spotlight Exhibit - Shoes of the Philly Phanatic - the great...
10/18/2022

The Shoe Museum is excited to announce the opening of a new Spotlight Exhibit - Shoes of the Philly Phanatic - the greatest mascot in sports! We are celebrating the Phillies' return to the playoffs this year!

The Shoe Museum was featured in a recent episode of WHYY's You Oughta Know. Check out the link below! Please email ajmey...
09/07/2021

The Shoe Museum was featured in a recent episode of WHYY's You Oughta Know. Check out the link below! Please email [email protected] if you are interested in setting up a tour.

https://youtu.be/laWWdA5Gt2o

Created during the nation's bicentennial in 1976 The Shoe Museum at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine gives you a chance to walk in the footstep...

We are pleased to announce The Shoe Museum will be reopening for tours as of Monday, August 2nd, 2021. Tours are by appo...
07/19/2021

We are pleased to announce The Shoe Museum will be reopening for tours as of Monday, August 2nd, 2021. Tours are by appointment only - please email or call Dr. Andrew Meyr to arrange ([email protected]; 215-777-5750).

This year's spotlight exhibit, "Premeditated Pathology", features the custom of Chinese Footbinding.

07/13/2021
03/16/2020

All tours of the Shoe Museum have been cancelled until further notice secondary to the global pandemic. We appreciate your understanding and will notify you once the Museum has re-opened for tours.

07/23/2019
07/21/2019

The Shoe Museum is proud to announce its reopening for tours starting July 22, 2019 to coincide with a new exhibit celebrating and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. This year’s “Shoe Museum Spotlight” features three spacesuit boots representative of NASA’s Gemini missions, Apollo missions and the International Space Station.

Although some renovations remain ongoing, a portion of the museum has undergone a revitalization to focus on the form and function of shoes. Over 750 shoes in 13 exhibits are currently on display. Please see our photos for information and current exhibits on display

Admission to the museum is free, but visits must be scheduled in advance by emailing the museum curator Dr. Andrew Meyr at [email protected].

Visitors take a self-guided tour with supplemental audio provided by means of QR bar codes. This requires a QR code reader app downloaded to a smart phone (although many smart phones come with this already pre-loaded in the camera). Visitors may scan the code at each exhibit to hear a supplemental audio description. It takes about an hour to review the exhibits.

Please enjoy a sampling of the shoes we currently have on display at The Shoe Museum.
03/26/2019

Please enjoy a sampling of the shoes we currently have on display at The Shoe Museum.

02/19/2019
01/28/2019

Welcome to The Shoe Museum at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine! The Shoe Museum is under the direction of a new curator and undergoing a revitalization. Tours are temporarily halted during this process with a planned reopening in July 2019. Admission to the museum is free, but visits must be scheduled in advance.

Please contact curator Andrew Meyr at 215-625-5353 or [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

01/28/2019

Address

148 N. 8th Street
Philadelphia, PA
19107

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

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+12157775750

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Welcome to The Shoe Museum at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine!

The museum was created during the nation's bicentennial in 1976 as an added attraction for visitors to the Liberty Bell and Independence Park, which are only two blocks from the University. A group of volunteers sought additions to the University's collection, and the Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia placed the Dr. H. Augustus Wilson Shoe Collection on extended loan at the University. Dr. Wilson (1853-1919), a noted Philadelphia orthopedist, was a world traveler and collected footwear from over 30 nations.

Although most of the museum's collection dates from the 19th and 20th centuries, there is also a good representation of older footwear. One unusual item is a pair of 200-year-old French "sabots," the wooden shoes that gave birth to the expression "sabotage." Other items in the collection include Egyptian burial sandals, bridal footwear, salesmen's miniature samples, children's shoes, shoe lasts, Malaysian clogs, Eskimo boots, a circus giant's size 18 shoes, iron diving boots, ballet shoes, and the huge shoe of a young victim of gigantism whose leg and foot weighed 58 pounds. The museum also includes shoes donated by celebrities, as well as former presidents and first ladies. Shoes of sports stars include those of Dr. J and Joe Frazier, Bernie Parent's Stanley Cup skates, Reggie Jackson's five home-run World Series shoes, Andre Agassi's 1990 pink and black Nikes, and World Cup Team Portugal superstar Luis Figo's shoes.

Recent additions include Ella Fitzgerald's "very '60s" gold boots, Joan River's exotic Manolo Blahniks, and a pair of six-inch blue satin platform sandals worn by Sally Struthers as "Gloria" on the popular TV sitcom All in the Family. Platform shoes have resurfaced regularly throughout history, first as protection from dirt and water, then as fashion, including half a dozen fads during the 20th century. Popular in the East for centuries, platform shoes were introduced to Europe in the 16th century. Originally known as chopines, these "stilt" shoes reached dizzying heights of up to two-and-one-half feet. The wearer needed the help of two servants to walk, reinforcing both social status and the image of a woman as frail and dependent.


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The Shoe Museum was featured in a recent episode of WHYY's You Oughta Know. Check out the link below! Please email [email protected] if you are interested in setting up a tour.

https://youtu.be/laWWdA5Gt2o
We are pleased to announce The Shoe Museum will be reopening for tours as of Monday, August 2nd, 2021. Tours are by appointment only - please email or call Dr. Andrew Meyr to arrange ([email protected]; 215-777-5750).

This year's spotlight exhibit, "Premeditated Pathology", features the custom of Chinese Footbinding.
All tours of the Shoe Museum have been cancelled until further notice secondary to the global pandemic. We appreciate your understanding and will notify you once the Museum has re-opened for tours.
The Shoe Museum is proud to announce its reopening for tours starting July 22, 2019 to coincide with a new exhibit celebrating and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. This year’s “Shoe Museum Spotlight” features three spacesuit boots representative of NASA’s Gemini missions, Apollo missions and the International Space Station.

Although some renovations remain ongoing, a portion of the museum has undergone a revitalization to focus on the form and function of shoes. Over 750 shoes in 13 exhibits are currently on display. Please see our photos for information and current exhibits on display

Admission to the museum is free, but visits must be scheduled in advance by emailing the museum curator Dr. Andrew Meyr at [email protected].

Visitors take a self-guided tour with supplemental audio provided by means of QR bar codes. This requires a QR code reader app downloaded to a smart phone (although many smart phones come with this already pre-loaded in the camera). Visitors may scan the code at each exhibit to hear a supplemental audio description. It takes about an hour to review the exhibits.
Please enjoy a sampling of the shoes we currently have on display at The Shoe Museum.