Shoe Gallery

#community #conversation-starters #online #ice-breakers #just-for-fun

A fun activity to learn more about their peers and start a discussion on ‘neutral ground’ afterwards.


  1. Ask the groups/teams to take a picture of their current footwear and upload or share it with the others. This could be done prior to class or during class.
  2. Then, ask each student to discuss their choice of footwear, and to discuss the “story” behind their choice.
  3. For example, one person might be wearing running shoes – and this might lead to a discussion about their interests. One may be wearing fluffy slippers which were a Christmas present, another may be in flip-flops, high-heels or sneakers and so-on.
  4. You can vary this exercise by asking student to take a picture of an object on their desks, and asking them to talk about it.

This activity works best when students participate online.