Thursday, April 8, 2010

One Day Without Shoes...

...could you do it?

Today is TOMS 3rd Annual "One Day Without Shoes". What is it? Simply put, it's a day without shoes.

Now you're probably thinking, "Why would a SHOE COMPANY encourage folks to go BAREFOOT?" Easy. TOMS is not just a shoe company; TOMS is a movement, an advocate for change. They want to raise awareness for the MILLIONS of children around the world who go every day without the luxury of something as simple as shoes.

Today, TOMS is asking people to go the day, part of the day or even just a few minutes, barefoot, to experience a life without shoes firsthand, and to help spread awareness of the impact a simple pair of shoes can bring to a child's life.

Why Shoes?

Fact #1: In some developing nations, many children must walk for miles to school, clean water, and to seek medical help.

Fact #2: Cuts and sores on feet can lead to infection.

Fact #3: Often, children cannot attend school barefoot--it's against school rules.

Fact #4: In Ethiopia, approximately one million people are suffering from Podoconiosis, a debilitating and disfiguring disease caused by walking barefoot in volcanic soil.

Fact #5: Podoconiosis is 100% preventable with basic foot hygiene and wearing shoes.

Today, April 8th, is a day of recognition, of awareness, for those children who are hindered on a daily basis because they do not have something as simple as a pair of shoes. Get involved in something bigger than yourself. I'm going barefoot on April 8th. (After I get off of work, of course.) Will you?

You may ask, "In what other ways can I help?" Personally, I just bought my first pair of TOMS shoes. For EVERY PAIR of shoes sold, TOMS gives one pair of new shoes to a child in need. This is huge. The pair I bought were only $44, and the reviews are spectacular. Here they are:

Everyone who buys a pair says they are the most comfortable shoes they've ever worn. Plus, they're pretty cute, to boot! I don't know about you, but I feel pretty good buying from a company who gives back. No, I do not work for TOMS, nor do I know anyone who does, but I saw this on the Today Show this morning and wanted to read more about it. What I learned moved me and I hope it moves you, too.

Have you ever heard of Toms? Are you going to join the campaign today? If so, I'd love to hear!



  1. Those shoes are too cute--they look comfy! Plus, their story is awesome. I might have to get me some!

    Thanks for adding my new blog button!

  2. Erin: I thought they were really cute, too! I might wear them all summer long. I'll let you know how I like them. I love your new button!