Shoes are a very important part of the costumes for my persona dolls.
They not only help to describe the backgrounds and characters of the dolls but can also be used as metaphors.
For example I have developed a program called Feetspeak: 2E shoes which uses De Bono’s Six Action Shoes action planning to select education and support programs which will be suitable for gifted and 2E students who are both gifted and also have disabilities, learning difficulties or differences.
De Bono set
I have written about the De Bono Six Action Shoes on Sprite’s Site blog at
Orange gumboots https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/09/15/orange-gumboots/
Blue formal shoes https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/10/02/blue-formal-shoes/
Purple riding boots https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/10/04/purple-riding-boots/
I have added a few extra types of shoe to add as metaphors for education and support programs for gifted and 2E students
Of course there is going barefooted which represents not having any provisions at all.
Then there are the sparkly sandals which either represents a fun but not particularly demanding holiday program or a full time provision which is billed in the glossy brochures as a wonderful Extension Program and is often very expensive to attend but in reality turns out not to have much substance.
The Can Do adjustable Velcro shoe which represents either a flexible program or the ability to fit into a mainstream program without extra provisions
The plaster cast which Sprite, the twice exceptional gifted student wears represents an ideal combination of the attributes of the 6 DeBono Action shoes to give support for her disability but can only be used if eligibility and funding criteria are met.
There is a lovely collection of pink slippers for the all the dolls to share
Felicity is the only doll whose white shoes are glued in place so they cannot be removed or exchanged
Some of the Persona dolls wear shoes which tell more about their situation or character than about the education programs they are involved in.
Sprite doll No 1 has a pair of soft blue boots, Miranda can wear smart red boots to match her red dress Sprite doll No 2 has a pair of brown boots with a badly scuffed toe on the left foot showing she had been dragging it. Adam has a pair of boots which are suitable for life on the farm. Nobody has claimed the cute pair of crocs yet. The black sneakers belong to Vince. Michaela the creative loves her sparkly shoes and Evelyn has a pair of formal blue sandals indicating that although her country area is not offering a full time program for gifted students whenever there is a program such as a visiting author giving a workshop offered she is included in it.