On the Spuiplein, in front of the Amare theater, a gigantic shoebox has been standing for a few days. Of course there are no giant shoes in there, but what is? We take a look.

This shoebox was created by the English artist Clare Patey and has already had quite a few seen cities including London, São Paulo, New York, Riga and Sidney.

Standing in someone’s shoes…

The proverb ‘Standing in someone’s shoes’ has been taken literally in this work of art. You can walk a mile (1.6 kilometers) in the shoes of a resident of The Hague.

‘A mile in my shoes’ The Hague. Photo nearby

How does that work? In the shoe box you indicate your shoe size at the counter. You will then be given a pair of shoes and headphones. While you walk through the city, you hear the story of a resident of The Hague.

Fifty different stories were recorded in The Hague. You can walk in the shoes of the ADO keeper, a journalist from the Schilderswijk or a squatter in Wassenaar. Among the many stories are also stories of children. Do you want to hear it? indicate that and then you can take the shoes in your hand.


The shoebox is until Wednesday 15 June of 15. until 18. open hours, from Thursday 16 June to Saturday June of 00. until 20.20 hours and Sunday 20 June of 15. until 16. hours and participation is completely free. Reservation is not necessary.

This art project is part of the literature festival Winternachten.

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