‘Old World Shoes’ is a documentary project by Toronto photographer Henry VanderSpek that celebrates older and independent shoe and shoe repair stores of Toronto. In late 2017 Henry found himself wondering whether anyone celebrates all that a small business brings to a community when they close after many decades of service. As a way of exploring this question he focused on businesses that always intrigued him: independent shoe and shoe repair stores. Henry interviewed owners of 21 businesses, encountering not only incredible design, craftsmanship and style—but also wonderful stories of immigration, discovering one’s vocation, multi-generational family businesses, friendships built over coffee and conversation and, of course, customers thrilled by stunning repair jobs and joyful at finding the perfect footwear. The exhibition consists of images, text excerpts of interviews and links to videos of business owners. Come step inside Capri Shoes on Dundas Street West and discover ‘Old World Shoes’.
‘Old World Shoes’ was featured on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning, CBC TV’s Toronto News and by the Bata Shoe Museum.
Meet three talented artists who work in making, designing or teaching others how to make their own shoes! Join Emmanuel Farré of Farré by Emmanuel, Jennifer Allison of Art & Sole Academy and Peter Feeney of Peter Feeney Bespoke Footwear as they each share about their craft and what influences their design choices. Click below to join what is sure to be a very enjoyable lunchtime talk on Thursday January 27 from 12:00 – 1:00pm.
Post-Festival Exhibition Hours:
Sunday, Monday: Closed
*or by appointment