ShoeHorn theme ready for Moodle 2.9

Popular Moodle theme “Shoehorn” maintained by Gareth J Barnard is updated to new version making it compatible for Moodle 2.9 beta version.

The list of changes in the new version of the Shoehorn theme are as follows:

  • Fix source map URL for development version after upgrading to ‘grunt-contrib-less’ version ‘~1.0.0’.
  • Tidy up logo code and information in language file.
  • Tidy up experimental RTL serving.
  • Tidy up and fix syntax highlighting – work in progress.
  • Adjust carousel control icons responsively.
  • Messages popup on the left to avoid anti-gravity icon.
  • Tidy up compact navbar.
  • Remove dependancy on parent ‘bootstrap’ theme.
  • Update to Bootstrap 3.3.4.
  • Update to Font Awesome 4.3.0.

Shoehorn is a Bootstrap version 3 theme that uses Bas Brand’s Bootstrap theme as a parent. It has many innovative features:


  • Accordion block regions.
  • Bespoke copyright statement.
  • Bespoke login page message.
  • Docking.
  • Compact navigation bar option.
  • Course tiles option.
  • Dynamic and customisable footer menu.
  • Dynamic social icons sign with correct icon colours.
  • Fixed navigation bar option.
  • Footer blocks.
  • Front page slider that can be disabled on mobiles / tablets reducing bandwidth.
  • Image bank for storing images that you can use anywhere on the site.
  • Individual control over: front page slides, marketing spots and site pages with:
  • ‘Draft’ / ‘Published’ state.
  • ‘before login’, ‘after login’ or ‘always’ visibility.
  • Set specific language only visibility.
  • Intelligent home footer link that goes back to the most appropriate location.
  • Login page changing background images option.
  • Marketing spots.
  • Messages menu.
  • My courses menu option with allocated dynamic icons.
  • Page bottom blocks.
  • Site pages that you can customise with your own content.
  • Slider navigation of course content with the ‘One section per page’ course layout setting.
  • Social icons with dynamic signpost if desired.
  • Syntax highlighting on content if desired.
  • Transparency control of front and other pages.


You can download the latest version of the shoehorn theme from this link:


Jaswinder Singh

Jaswinder Singh, passionate about using Moodle in improving the Indian Education System and reaching the students in far flung areas where still education seems to be a impossible prospect of life. He is the author of the popular Moodle Book "How to use Moodle 2.7". In October 2016, Jaswinder was elected as the Moodle User's Association Committee member - the first to make it from India.

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