Carnaby Street: perhaps London’s most famous shoe-shopping location. Filmed during a lunch hour this seven and a half minute video observes the shoes of those passing through the popular location. The sheer diversity of styles, the sounds the shoes make and the ways in which people walk in them allude to the very special and significant relationship between footwear and identity. Who are these people? What do they do? Where are they from? Where are they going and where have they been? – all questions that pass through one’s mind when spending time really looking at the shoes people wear whilst going about their everyday lives.
To learn more about the relationship between identities and shoes visit the If the Shoe Fits research project website at the University of Sheffield, or click on the publication links on my publications page.