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Sharing the stories
of London’s refugees

A shoe shop with a difference

In the centre of Soho over Refugee Week, Choose Love x A Mile in My Shoes offered a human experience where visitors can momentarily step into the shoes of a refugee living in London.

From the Friday 14th June until Sunday 23rd June 2019, visitors had the chance to borrow a pair of shoes belonging to a refugee and take a walk while listening to a first-hand story of their life.

The shop is a collaboration between the pioneering humanitarian aid organisation Help Refugees, and artist Clare Patey’s award-winning interactive art project, Empathy Museum.

Choose Love x a Mile in My Shoes was generously sponsored by our friends Kind Bars, and the space itself has been donated by Shaftesbury, who have hosted our last four pop-ups in Soho, London.

12 new stories, presented for the first time

Storytellers included Lord Alf Dubs, who arrived in London as a child from Czechoslovakia and has become a politician and life-long advocate for fellow refugees. Other stories include Ramla Ali, a champion Somali boxer, and Aloysius Ssali, a gay refugee from Uganda who runs a community group for LGBTQIA+ refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.

Opening hours

Friday 14th June to Sunday 23rd June

Monday: 10:00-19:00

Tuesday: 10:00-19:00

Wednesday: 10:00-19:00

Thursday: 10:00-20:00

Friday: 11:00-19:00

Saturday: 11:00-19:00

Sunday: 12:00-18:00