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In this paper-demonstration I present how a queer, embodied approach to the history of Irish stepdancing footwear allows me to re-invent the tradition. My primary research methodology is my process as an artist-scholar (in Irish Gaelic: an draoi), which combines my work as an Irish traditional dancer and academic. In applying this approach to my work as a calceologist, one who studies footwear, I discovered that several key evolutions in Irish and international shoe history significantly altered Irish traditional dance practice. As I encounter these fashions in motion, the dance evolves and new histories emerge.

Based in Dublin, Russell Patrick Brown is a PhD candidate at the University of Limerick. Supervised by Dr. Catherine E. Foley, his research investigates a queer posthuman approach to Irish traditional dance. He studied Irish traditional dance with Donny Golden and Old Way Vogue dance with Celso Satori LaBeija.