World At Your Feet Footwear Conference


University of Northampton on 20 and 21 March 2013.


The event has been organised in association with Northampton Museum and Art Gallery and Northampton Borough Council and will target those from different academic disciplines, including fashion and design, history, sociology, anthropology and ethnography, and psychology.  It is also suitable for those interested in fashion and shoes, and aims to encourage debate and discussion about the design, wearing and social significance of footwear from across the world in the past and today.

Keynote speakers with both academic and industry backgrounds will be speaking throughout the conference, discussing how some of our favourite shoe styles and shoe subcultures have been developed. These include:

·         Professor Giorgio Riello, University of Warwick

·         Chris Hill, FdA Cordwainers Footwear & Accessories Design Course Director, London College of Fashion

·         Rowan Bain, Assistant Curator Middle East Section, V&A Museum

·         Katie Greenyer, Creative Director, Red or Dead, Pentland Plc

·         Rebecca Shawcross, Northampton Museums and Art Gallery

Vicki Dean, Head of Fashion at the University of Northampton said: “Northampton’s roots are at the heart of the footwear industry and for us this conference celebrates Northampton’s heritage, as well as engaging the future generation of footwear enthusiasts across the globe.

“We believe that the best of British design comes from Northampton. Footwear is a global language, which transcends nationally and unites world commerce. We are thrilled that so many high profile academics are joining together in Northampton to discuss and debate footwear and all of its dimensions.” 

Councillor David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “We’re delighted to be holding this unique conference, which will celebrate footwear fashion across the world. Northampton is the historic home of shoe making and today important fashion shoe brands, including Jeffrey West and Crockett and Jones, are based in the town. The two days will be a fitting tribute to the footwear industry, which is such an essential part of the fashion market.”

Find out more here.


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