Shoes as Storytellers – the Collection

Photography by Ivaylo Gueorgiev

At the end of 2021, I launched a project called Shoes as Storytellers. The project is about empathy – walking or standing in another’s shoes – and I have asked people from near and far to donate or sponsor a pair of shoes and a story related to those shoes. My goal is to create 52 shoes – each representing one step in the 5,280 feet in a mile.

Like each person who provided their shoes, each shoe is unique and poses new technical challenges. Some shoes I have created without soles – mostly because this is one of the easiest ways to cast the shoes. But as I’ve been creating more shoes, I am engineering soles back into the shoes. Not all shoes have been the best candidates for the casting process. Regardless, like the people who wore them, I push forward and figure out how to keep going.

You can learn more about the Shoes as Storyteller project here, including how to become a donor/sponsor.