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Health Sciences

SHOES Study Stakeholder Event Event

10:00 - 16:00
12 April 2016
Nightingale Bulilding (building 67) Highfield Campus University of Southampton

For more information regarding this event, please email Steph Baker at .

Event details

We would like to offer you the opportunity to take part in a Stakeholder Event which is being held on Tuesday 12th April 2016 at the University of Southampton.

Foot health and foot wear are important aspects of health. The purpose of the SHOES study was to increase our understanding of the negative and positive issues relating to footwear used by people with stroke or Parkinson’s with the aim to provide information to develop a plan to guide health care workers, users and carers on the best features of footwear for healthy feet and maintaining balance.

The SHOES stakeholder event takes place in the Nightingale Building (Building 67) on Tuesday 12th April 2016 from 10am to 4pm. We will bring together clinicians, researchers, engineers, shoe manufacturers with an interest in footwear, foot problems, balance and fall prevention as well as people with stroke and Parkinson’s.

The full programme for the day can be viewed below.

We will report the findings of our current study and presentations will include talks about:

  1. The indoor and outdoor footwear habits of people with Parkinson’s and people with stroke:
    • A description of shoes worn in different settings.
    • A description of foot problems and access to healthcare.
    • Gender specific issues.
    • Factors impacting on the personal choice of footwear.
  2. An exploration of positive and negative views of participants on their footwear.
    •  Presenting findings from qualitative interviews (15 people with stroke, 15 people with Parkinson’s).
    • Decision making and purchasing footwear.
  3. A comparative study of the influence of indoor and outdoor shoes on balance and mobility tasks:
    • Presenting findings on foot and ankle characteristics and balance ability. (involving in 30 people with stroke and 30 people with Parkinson’s).
    • Comparing of balance and mobility performance whilst wearing indoor and outdoor footwear.
  4. Workshops to:
    •  Discuss and interpret findings to develop guidelines for clinicians, patients and carers.
    • Involve the public and patients to guide the direction of future studies and guidelines for clinicians and patients
    • Involve shoe manufacturers and other interested parties to update the healthy footwear guide
    • Involve all stakeholders to decide the future direction of this research.




09:30 - 10:00


Registration and Coffee


10:00 - 10:15


Welcome and overview of the SHOES study – Professor Ann Ashburn, University of Southampton


10:15 - 10:30

A survey exploring footwear habits in people with stroke and Parkinson’s - Dr Cathy Bowen, University of Southampton


10:30 - 10:45

A qualitative exploration of footwear habits and foot problems – Mrs Judy Robison, University of Southampton


10:45 - 11:00

A comparison of balance performance in indoor and outdoor shoes - Dr Dorit Kunkel, University of Southampton


11:00 - 11:30

Break and refreshments


11:30 - 12:00

Invited speaker: Foot and ankle impairments and mobility in Stroke (FAiMiS) study - Dr Mary Cramp, University of the West of England


12:00 - 12:30

Potential impact of Footwear Materials and Constructions on Gait - Mr Bob Hardy, Clarks

12:30 - 13:30




13:30 - 13:45

Specialist foot care clinics - Dr Chris Boden, Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust

13:45 - 14:15


Invited speaker: Footwear challenges and solutions - Dr Anita Williams, University of Salford


14:15 - 14:30

Involving people with stroke and Parkinson’s in research - Francesca Lambert, PPI Consultant


14:30 - 15:40

Direction of future research - workshops


15:40 - 16:00

Feedback from workshops and Panel discussion


16:00 - 17:00

Refreshments and Close



How to book:

To book your place, please visit our online booking system.



The exhibitor packages available are listed below. Please note, there are a limited number of stands available and they will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Activity Organisation type Cost
Stand only NHS / Charity £150
Stand and delegate bag insert
NHS / Charity
Delegate bag insert only NHS / Charity £65
Stand only
All other £300
Stand and delegate bag insert All other £350
Delegate bag instert only All other



Stand prices include:

  • A single allocated stand space, which comprises one exhibition table with two chairs
  • Your organisation profile in the SHOES Stakeholder Event programme
  • Lunch and refreshment vouchers for two exhibitors
  • One parking space per stand

To book a place, please email


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