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Shoes & Sustainability

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Activities

  1. The History of Shoes

    Develop critical thinking and introspectiveness about students’ shoes from multicultural perspectives.
  2. What Do Your Shoes Say About You?

    Using shoes as a point of inquiry, identify and investigate possible relationships between individuals and their culture.
  3. Create a Shoe

    Recognize and identify the intricacies of a shoe. Introduce the concept of a shoe as a global product, in terms of its production. Evaluate the importance of certain shoe parts; formulate a design and create a shoe by internalising this information, and translate abstract materials into a working product.
  4. It’s Art! Shoe Gallery

    Explore multicultural perspectives on shoe design, compare materials available in varied countries, and analyse the meaning of choices made in the creation of students’ shoes.
  5. What is it like where my shoes are made

    Explore the ties of students’ shoes to a global system of consumption and production. Identify geographical and anthropological details of shoe manufacturing countries. Translate learned material into a creative articulation of basic knowledge.
  6. What are the Human Impacts of Making Shoes

    Investigate human rights abuses in sweatshop factories. Assess how a shoe should be made in consideration of human rights (i.e. fair trade). Evaluate information discovered and translate into action to spark change.
  7. What are the Environmental Impacts of Making Shoes

    Investigate the environmental impacts of making shoes. Assess how a shoe should be made in consideration of sustainability. Observe the effects of time and decomposition on a shoe.
  8. Guerrilla Art Adventure

    Translate the cumulative knowledge and enthusiasm of the unit into a covert mission. Produce art from “garbage,” and recognize the (lack of) difference between the two. Explain cumulative knowledge to the general public.
  9. Where are Your Feet Taking You

    Synthesize knowledge, perspectives, and opinions formulated during the unit into a creative whole. Plan future actions to create change.

Resources

  1. Fact Sheet: The History of Shoes

    For thousands of years, shoes have been our armour. They’ve protected our feet as we came from the searing heat of the Egyptian desserts and the damp stone floors of Medieval castles, and on to the asphalt of our cities and even to the surface of the moon!
  2. Fact Sheet: Shoe of Many Parts

    Take a close look at your shoe! What do you see?
    The different parts of shoes are all fairly the same, no matter if you’re wearing a shoe from one brand or another. These shoes are mostly made up of the same things too: rubber, plastic, synthetic cloth, and industrial glue.
  3. Fact Sheet: Web Resources

    Links to web-based resources related to the Activities.
Education Designer Sunniva Vann loves using graphic design, guerrilla art and other creative approaches to help educate the public about the myriad of issues she hopes to change and get people excited about. Above all, she thinks that its the smallest things that can make us feel a part of something bigger.