A Mile in My Shoes is a shoe shop where visitors are invited to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes – literally. Contained in a giant shoebox this interactive exhibit houses a diverse collection of over 200 shoes and audio stories that explore our shared humanity.
The collection of shoes and stories grows with every exhibition. The stories range from a surgeon to a sex worker, a florist to a refugee covering 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.
By touring both in the UK and internationally, A Mile in My Shoes explores how storytelling can transform our personal relationships and help tackle challenges such as prejudice and conflict through the power of empathy. For updates on where to find us visit the Empathy Museum website.
We have been collaborating with The Health Foundation to create a project highlighting the experiences of people working in health and social care across the UK. Launched at the NHS Confederation Conference in June, this version of a Mile in My Shoes was also exhibited at The Houses of Parliament in November. People from the public health and policy sectors were able to walk in the shoes of those who deliver the NHS. You can listen to a selection of the stories here.
Design by Cathy Wren & Brighten the Corners, Construction by AW Create, Graphic Design by Brighten the Corners, Photos by Kate Raworth, Cat Lee, Tracy Kidd, Project Management by Tiphaine Tailleux, Produced by Kitty Ross and Artsadmin. Conceived and curated by Clare Patey.
Ada Cheung, Andrea Rangecroft, Ben Ponton, Caitlin Hobbs, Claire Crofton, David Waters, Eleanor McDowell, Eloise Stevens, Emily Elias, Grace Huber, Leo Hornak, Mark Vernon, Marnie Richardson, Melissa Viney, Meri Fatin, Olivia Humphreys, Rachel Simpson, Robbie McInnes, Rob Eagle, Rose de Larrabeiti, Roland Denning, Sinéad Mangan, Vivien Jones.
A huge thanks and appreciation for all the people who have so generously given their stories so far. The Empathy Museum was founded by Roman Krznaric