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We’re Moving!

Dear ‘If the Shoe Fits’ authors and subscribers, This post is to notify you that in the next few days the ‘If the Shoe Fits’ blog will be moving to a new site: www.iftheshoefitsblog.org. If you wish to continue your … Continue reading

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High Heels – Power or Patriarchy?

On Wednesday 17 July, I dragged myself out of bed at some ungodly hour to slip on my sandals and head down to Sheffield for the Dressed Bodies Symposium and – despite the early start! – it was a fantastic … Continue reading

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Dressed Bodies Symposium

The ‘If the Shoe Fits’ project team hosted a one-day symposium at Sheffield University on 17th July 2013 – after serious difficulty choosing between many inspiring abstracts. In the end we had to go for a long day of short … Continue reading

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Toeing the Line: A sequence of video stories on the theme of travelling a path

by Fiona Candy 2013 In February 2013 I visited India with a group of other artists and designers undertaking research in relation to cotton and textile crafts. We wondered if the ancient handcraft tradition would show us the way to … Continue reading

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Call for focus group participants – do you wear Clarks Originals?

The ‘If the Shoe Fits’ project in the Department of Sociological Studies at the University of Sheffield is now approaching its end, however there is still time to participate in the research. Alex Sherlock the postgraduate researcher on the project … Continue reading

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Shoes as material expressions of a designer’s self

Having completed a twenty month long ethnography that explored and observed the creative practice of a number of contemporary British based luxury shoe designers, it became significantly apparent that the designed shoes were not solely commercial, aesthetic objects; they were … Continue reading

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Worn Shoes: Identity, Memory and Footwear

Jenny Hockey, Rachel Dilley, Victoria Robinson, Alexandra Sherlock, February 2013, Sociological Research Online, vol. 18, issue 1 As we enter the last 4 months of the If the Shoe Fits project the team are analysing and writing up the data that … Continue reading

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A Week in Mary Beard’s Shoes

Response to: ‘Oh Mary Beard, why did you stoop to writing about shoes?’ (Beverley Turner, The Telegraph, 9th May 2013) Over the last week social media feeds have been rife with comments about historian Mary Beard’s controversial decision to ‘come out’ … Continue reading

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Call for Papers: ‘Dressed Bodies: A Symposium’

Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences: 17th July 2013 To mark the end of the three-year research project If the Shoe Fits: Footwear, Identity and Transition, funded by the ESRC, we are hosting an interdisciplinary symposium in conjunction with the Centre … Continue reading

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An Industry Perspective of the development of the Shoe

The footwear industry dates back to cobbler stores in medieval times. Since then, many changes have occurred in the footwear market; the most influential of these being the Industrial Revolution in the mid-18th to mid-19th Century, when mass production allowed … Continue reading

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