“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!
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!)
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.
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 Real Clown Shoe
The name says it all! This is a super long, real-life clown shoe!
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 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 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