Museu de Calçat
A museum of shoes
Near the Cathedral in one of Barcelona's most romantic squares, the Museu de Calçat is housed in the Renaissance guild hall of the Confraternity of St Mark, patron of shoemakers, a building moved to the spot from Carrer de la Bòria in 1950 to save it from demolition.
It offers a modest but delightful journey into the history of shoes, from repros of Roman sandals to 17th-century toe pinchers and a precious, dainty, hand-painted silk slipper. There are celebrity shoes, owned by famous Catalans (Pau Casals and Everest-climber Carles Valles); a shoe ‘without any sewing!’; tiny ones for Lilliputians; and, biggest of all, the giant brogues (1.22m long, a Guinness World Record) made for Barcelona's statue of Columbus for his wedding with New York’s Statue of Liberty.