Published Aug 19, 2010This year's Canadian National Exhibition, held in Toronto and affectionately known as the Ex, will feature a rock'n'roll memorabilia display that includes a collection of footwear worn by icons such as Jimi Hendrix, Madonna, John Lennon and Elvis Presley, among others.
As CBC reports, the collection belongs to Toronto podiatrist Dr. Hartley Miltchin, who has been collecting celebrity footwear for years. Besides the names listed above, Miltchin also owns shoes worn by Rod Stewart, Barbra Streisand, Chubby Checker, the Jackson 5, the Spice Girls, Britney Spears, Eminem and Avril Lavigne, not to mention non-musical celebrities such as Shaquille O'Neal.
He was asked by the Ex to loan the shoes for the History of Rock and Roll exhibit, which will also include contributions from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and from the collection owned by the Hard Rock Cafe.
"I have included shoes/boots from as far back as the custom-made Chubby Checker boots he used to do 'The Twist' on American Bandstand to more current, Eminem shoes," Miltchin said in a press release, adding that he was "thrilled" to do so.
The exhibit opens tomorrow (August 20) at the Direct Energy Buildings on Toronto CNE grounds.