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Come up with as many ideas as you can! Look over all the materials you have available and think about how you can use them in your design. Choose one idea that best fits the design criteria. Sketch your idea on a piece of paper and label the materials that you will use.
– What are your ideas for a shoe that has never been made before?

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Create a prototype of the shoe you designed! Start with a base by tracing your foot on a piece of cardboard or paper and cutting along the outline. Use a variety of materials to add to this base.
– What materials can you use to make sure the shoe stays attached to your foot?
– How can you make the shoe more durable?
– Can you add color or decorations to personalize your shoes?

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Try on your prototype! Check your prototype for anything that might poke your foot. Walk, run, and jump around. Record your observations.
– What worked well in your design?
– What needs improvement?

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Based on your observations, adjust your design to brainstorm, plan, build, and test a new prototype!
– What parts of your shoe can you improve and how?


Reflect. After you complete the challenge, reflect on your experience:
– What problems did you have in your design and how did you use your creativity to solve them?
– What is something else around your house you could redesign?

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Dora Medrano Ramos

I am a Lead Maker Trainer at Maker Education Initiative where I develop and facilitate professional learning experiences for educators across the country.

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Shoe Design Challenge

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30 minutes - 1 hour



How do designers create new things? They follow a design process! First, they decide on specific design criteria, brainstorm their ideas, and sketch their plans. Next, they use a variety of available materials in order to build a prototype that meets their design criteria. After testing their prototype, they iterate on their design to make it better. Designers must be creative problem solvers!

In this maker activity, your challenge is to use the design process to design your dream shoe that has the following criteria:
- Uses recyclable materials
- Stays on your foot on it’s own
- Reflects your own personal style


  • Construction Paper
  • Markers
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Fabric or Felt
  • Tape
  • Yarn
  • Glue
  • Pom Poms
  • Pipecleaners
  • Craft sticks
  • Any other craft supplies you have around the house!