A Mile in My Shoes is a shoe shop where visitors are invited to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes – literally. Housed in a giant shoebox, this roaming exhibit holds a diverse collection of shoes and audio stories that explore our shared humanity.

From a Syrian refugee to a sex worker, a war veteran to a neurosurgeon, visitors are invited to walk a mile in the shoes of a stranger while listening to their story. The stories cover different aspects of life, from loss and grief to hope and love and take the visitor on an empathetic as well as a physical journey.

JUST WALK A MILE IN HIS MOCCASINS BEFORE YOU ABUSE, CRITICISE AND ACCUSE. – MARY T. LATHRAP, JUDGE SOFTLY

THOUGHTS FROM VISITORS

"A Mile in My Shoes is like a rolling stone, collecting stories wherever it goes."


– THE GUARDIAN

"In a world full of sound and fury, this art of listening is more vital than ever."


– THE ARGUS

"The simplest and most perfect of one-to-one dramatic experiences."


– THE HERALD

"A tiny, human gesture that finds real depth in simplicity."


– THE STAGE

COLLECTING STORIES

We try to collect new stories and shoes in every place the project goes. Sometimes we collect and exhibit around a theme:



HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

Stories from people involved in a range of NHS roles – from a GP receptionist to a patient diagnosed with delirium, and the first Muslim Head of Chaplaincy. This collection was commissioned by and made in collaboration with The Health Foundation, and has been to the 2016 NHS Confederation Conference, the 2016 NHS England Expo, the RSA and the Houses of Parliament.

MIGRATION

Stories from migrants who have made London their home. Collected for our 2018 exhibit outside the Migration Museum in Lambeth, and with support from The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network (TERN), story donors include a stateless champion boxer, a pizza magnate, a Syrian dentist and a popular Clapham barber.

YEAR OF THE YOUNG PERSON

Stories from young people living in the Moray area of Scotland, to celebrate the country’s 2018 Year of the Young Person. Commissioned by the National Theatre of Scotland, the collection holds stories of electrocution, dancing, drumming, boxing, mental health, travelling, family, and the challenges and triumphs of growing up.

LISTEN TO THE STORIES

We share an A Mile in My Shoes story every Wednesday on our podcast. From a dairy farmer in Worcester to a sexual healer in Melbourne, each short episode is a chance to hear from someone you might never have come across.

In the spirit of the exhibit, we recommend downloading episodes to your phone, slipping on some headphones and taking a stroll while listening.

Please be aware that some stories are more appropriate for adult listeners. This podcast is produced by Loftus Media. Captioned versions are available on our YouTube.


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