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Rock 'n' roll footwear on show at CNE

An exhibit of rock and roll memorabilia to be displayed at this year's Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto will include shoes once worn by Jimi Hendrix, Madonna, Rod Stewart and Barbra Streisand.

An exhibit of rock and roll memorabilia to be displayed at this year's Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto will include shoes once worn by Jimi Hendrix, Madonna, Rod Stewart and Barbra Streisand.

All are from the private collection of Toronto podiatrist Hartley Miltchin, who has made collecting celebrity footwear a bit of an obsession.

Miltchin owns about 350 pairs of shoes once worn by celebrities and sports figures, including Chubby Checker's custom black-and-white checkered boots and a pair of Shaq O'Neal's size 23 Reeboks.

The CNE has asked him to loan the shoes with a rock 'n' roll pedigree for its exhibit The History of Rock and Roll.

The exhibit will include items from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and from the Hard Rock Café collection.

"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.

The podiatrist, who has made his career out of treating foot pain, said he was "thrilled" to loan shoes for the exhibit.

His collection includes footwear worn by John Lennon, the Jackson 5, Elvis Presley, the Spice Girls, Britney Spears and Avril Lavigne.

Miltchin's shoe collection has previously been exhibited at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto.

The exhibit opens Friday at the Direct Energy Building on the CNE Grounds in Toronto.