The World Famous Giant Shoe Museum in Seattle, Washington

“Down Under” at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington, is an awesomely weird museum: The World Famous Giant Shoe Museum! More a storefront pedial peep show than actual museum (it takes up a wall of space rather than a room), for mere quarters you can get a glimpse of some of the largest shoes in the world!

The World Famous Giant Shoe Museum in Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington.

Viewable exhibits include the “World’s Largest Collection of Giant Shoes,” “The Greatest Shoe on Earth,” a “Real Clown Shoe,” and a shoe belonging to Robert Wadlow, the world’s tallest man. (The only thing it’s missing is a big shoe made of shoes!)

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Designed and built by graphic artist Sven Sundbaum, the exhibit also pays homage to a giant shoe left by Wadlow at a local business that was “lost” many years ago and offers a one thousand dollar reward for its return.

The story of the giant shoes of mystery at The World Famous Giant Shoe Museum in Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington.
The story of the giant shoes of mystery at The World Famous Giant Shoe Museum in Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington.

Here’s a closer look at some of the exhibits in the World Famous Giant Shoe Museum Seattle…

Robert Wadlow’s Shoe

“See a shoe actually worn by the world’s tallest man.” Robert Wadlow, was the world’s tallest man. Born in 1918 the “Gentle Giant” from Alton, Illinois grew to the amazing height of 8’11”! And a man that tall has to have big feet!

A shoe belonging to Robert Wadlow, the world's tallest man, at The World Famous Giant Shoe Museum in Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington.

A Real Clown Shoe

The name says it all! This is a super long, real-life clown shoe!

A real clown shoe at The World Famous Giant Shoe Museum in Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington.

World’s Largest Collection of Giant Shoes at the The World Famous Giant Shoe Museum Seattle

To view The World’s Largest Collection of Giant Shoes, put two quarters into a slot and the curtain will open revealing some of the biggest footwear you will ever see. Prepare to gawk at the giant dress shoes and monstrous tennis shoes that lay before you.

The World's Largest Collection of Giant Shoes at The World Famous Giant Shoe Museum in Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington.
The World's Largest Collection of Giant Shoes at The World Famous Giant Shoe Museum in Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington.
The World's Largest Collection of Giant Shoes at The World Famous Giant Shoe Museum in Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington.
The World's Largest Collection of Giant Shoes at The World Famous Giant Shoe Museum in Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington.

The Greatest Shoe on Earth

The Greatest Shoe on Earth, a record-breaking shoe dubbed “The Colossus,” is on display here! This monstrously big shoe just might be the biggest shoe in the world!

The Greatest Shoe on Earth, the Colossus, at The World Famous Giant Shoe Museum in Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington.
The Greatest Shoe on Earth, the Colossus, at The World Famous Giant Shoe Museum in Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington.
The Greatest Shoe on Earth, the Colossus, at The World Famous Giant Shoe Museum in Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington.
The Greatest Shoe on Earth, the Colossus, at The World Famous Giant Shoe Museum in Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington.
The Greatest Shoe on Earth, the Colossus, at The World Famous Giant Shoe Museum in Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington.

The World Famous Giant Shoe Museum

Location: Pike Place Market, 1501 Pike Pl #424, Seattle, WA 98101
Hours: Monday – Thursday 11am – 5:30pm; Friday 10:30am – 6pm; Saturday 10am – 6pm; Sunday 11am – 5pm (Call to verify).
Costs: About a dollar worth of Quarters
Date: June 30, 2009


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The World Famous Giant Shoe Museum in Seattle’s Pike’s Place Market features giant shoes including belonging to Robert Wadlow, the world’s tallest man. Stop by this weird roadside attraction on your Seattle vacation and add the quirky spot to your Seattle bucket list and Washington travel itinerary.

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Valerie Bromann is a a website manager, content creator, and writer from Chicago, Illinois (currently living in Dallas, Texas). As an avid road tripper who has visited hundreds of roadside attractions, Val always pull over for a world’s largest thing. Founder of Silly America and author of The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book, she visits, photographs, and writes about all the weird tourist destinations she visits and offers road trip planning advice and inspiration based on her own travels so you can hit the road for yourself.

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The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book - Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip! By Valerie Bromann

The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book

Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip!

BY Valerie Bromann

Enjoy fun games and challenges to pass the time on your next road trip and have a keepsake to look back on for years to come with this entertaining must-have for your next vacation.

The road trip you’ve been dreaming of starts here! Journal about your stops and get to know your fellow passengers with activities and exercises designed to pass the time and bring you closer together. Instead of “Are we there yet?” you’ll find yourself asking, “We’re there already?”. Complete with prompts you can turn to while driving between locations, this journal will one day be a memento of your life-changing trip.