Well! This was the first ever live taping of Articles of Interest! Honestly, I never thought it would be possible to just sit down and make a whole episode, but this was really a blast. Thank you so much to Hot Docs Podcast Festival for having us in Toronto!
My guests are Elizabeth Semmelhack of theBata Shoe Museum (yes, a museum entirely devoted to shoes) and Aurora James, the founder of Brother Vellies and a designer of- among other things- shoes.
This was a talk about different kinds of shoes from all over the world- and what they say about culture and what they say about us.
First we talked about the kamik, also known as a mukluk.
Next, the Moroccan babouche. These were the first shoes Aurora decided to adapt.
Then, Aurora’s company’s namesake- the South African vellie
Then, the tire sandal. Which can be found all over the world.
Then huaraches- the classic sandal from Mexico.
And last but certainly not least, the cowboy boot.
And to learn more about all of these shoes, and to learn more about Aurora and Brother Vellies, check out her book Wildflower.
And can I brag for a second? This was a true highlight of the Bata Shoe Museum archive:
If you’d like to come to another live event- there are two coming up. A clothing swap in the Bay Area and a live panel in New York. Come by!
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