Every year I do this project with the 6th grades. The end result will be a shaded shoe, but their initial sketches were so good, I thought I would go ahead and share them.
This is a long project. We begin with drawing a sneaker together. We go over the simple lines that make up the shoe and then build from there. Next, they each take off the shoe they are wearing and try to draw it. The biggest challenge is to draw what they see and not to draw what they think it should look like. My students wear uniforms, so as a special treat, they are allowed to wear whatever shoes they want for the final day of the project. They MUST draw that shoe though!