Shoes Badgeshoes

(Discover the Home)

By Kerry Cordy


Higher level requirements may be used as optional requirements when appropriate.


Penguins:  Do 3 requirements including the one starred.

_____ 1.*  Why do we wear shoes?  Look at real shoes or pictures of shoes and explain what the various shoes might be used for.  What type of weather might they be good for?  Be able to identify at least 5 types of shoes.  Some shoe examples are listed below:

High Heels

Athletic Shoes


Flip Flops

Rubber Boots

Snow Boots

Flat Dress Shoes

Cowboy Boots

Riding Boots


Work Boots



Otters:  Do 4 requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1.*  Do Penguin requirement 1

_____ 2.*   Learn how shoes are made.


Dolphins:  Do 5 requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1.*    Do Otter requirements 1 & 2, identify at least 10 different types of shoes.

_____ 2.*  Learn about the history of shoes.  When did mankind first start wearing them?  How have they evolved?


Butterflies:  Do 6 requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1.* Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2

_____ 2.*  Choose one type of shoes and create a picture timeline to show how the style has changed over the years.


Eagle:  Do 7 requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1.*  Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2

_____ 2.*  Learn about good foot health.  How do what shoes you wear affect your feet?  Learn how to choose appropriate shoes for your feet based on your size, arch, pronation, etc.


Owls:  Do 9 requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1. *  Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2

_____ 2. *  Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone.   You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge.   If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.


Optional Requirements:


_____ 3. Take a field trip to a Cobbler shoppe either in person or online to learn how shoes are made and repaired.  Discuss why cobblers are now difficult to find and why most people do not bother to have their shoes repaired anymore.

_____ 4. Take a field trip to a shoe store.  Discuss the different styles available and the price differences between them.

_____ 5. Research a career that has to do with shoes such as a cobbler, shoe designer, shoe salesman, etc.  What type of education or training is necessary for this job?  What type of hours would you usually work?  Where might you have to live?

_____ 6. Design your own pair of shoes.

_____ 7. Make a pair of shoes or slippers you can wear.

_____ 8. Participate in a community service project that involves shoes such a shoe drive or a walk-a-thon.

_____ 9. Try on at least 10 different styles of shoes.  Which are the most comfortable?  Which are the least?  Are some hard to walk in?

_____ 10. Learn how to properly measure someone’s shoe size.

_____ 11. Learn why people in certain places of the world or in certain occupations wear special shoes (e.g. a cowboy wearing boots) and how their shoes help them. Choose at least three different examples to research and create a poster showing your findings.

_____ 12. Learn about the different materials used to make shoes today, and create a poster illustrating your findings. Choose at least five different kinds of shoes to research.

_____ 13. Learn about customs concerning shoes in different countries around the world. In what ways are these customs similar to and different from the accepted practices in the United States?

_____ 14. Learn about shoes that have special qualities such as the ability to light up or Heelys wheel shoes. Who first came up with the design, and how are they made? What kinds of things can you do with these shoes?