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The Shoe Must Fit™ Footprint Analysis

Using a shoe print collected at the crime scene, your students may be able to determine critical information about the criminal! Students will cast, analyze and compare shoe prints.



Students will perform a lab to compare height with shoe size and stride length. After taking castings of their own footprints, students will use both a casting of the evidence shoe print and a photograph of an additional shoe print found at the scene of the crime to determine individual characteristics about the shoeprints of a suspect or suspects.

Two supplemental spreadsheets are available through the customer portal. The Calculating Spreadsheet will automatically calculate the relevant ratios when data is entered into the correct cells. The Blank Spreadsheet will not calculate the ratios for your students when data is entered, requiring them to do the mathematics by hand.

As in all Lyle and Louise modules, this kit is geared to high school and undergraduate courses, and is matched to National Science Education Standards. This kit is designed for 6 labs groups (up to 30 students).

Next Generation Science Standards

  • HS-ETS1-2. Design a solution to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering.

Common Core Standards

  • CCSS.Math.Content.HSN-Q.A.1 Use units as a way to understand problems and to guide the solution of multi-step problems; choose and interpret units consistently in formulas; choose and interpret the scale and the origin in graphs and data displays.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.HSN-Q.A.3 Choose a level of accuracy appropriate to limitations on measurement when reporting quantities.
Included Materials
  • Fully illustrated teacher’s manual with technique background
  • PowerPoint lecture
  • 6 true to size castings of the evidence footprint for each group
  • 6 photos of additional shoe print taken from crime scene
  • 6 bags of dental stone (stronger and hardens more quickly than plaster)
  • 6 sets of shoe data records from SoleMate (Forensic evidence company Foster + Freeman's footwear data
  • Fully illustrated teacher’s manual with technique background
Required Materials
  • Yard stick or meter stick for each group
  • Water
  • Computer with Internet access for each group
Storage Conditions Cool and Dark (Ambient)
Stability Indefinite

Teacher Manuals

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