One Day Without Shoes Day was created by the Californian company called Toms Shoes to encourage people to pay more attention to the numerous problems a lack of shoes can cause in the lives of impoverished children.
It all started when Blake Mycoskie, the owner of Toms Shoes, visited Argentina in 2006 and noticed that many of the children were running through the streets barefooted. Soon, he discovered that a lack of shoes was a wider problem in Argentina as well as other developing countries and he decided that he wanted to use his shoe company to help them, especially because the lack of shoes often had a serious impact on those children’s lives by discouraging them from attending school and making it much easier for them to contract various infections.
Mycoskie then came up with the “one for one” business model, meaning that for every pair of shoes his company sold, it would provide a new pair of shoes free of charge to the shoeless youth of Argentina and other developing countries. The first 10,000 pairs of free shoes were distributed in to Argentinian children in October 2006.
This is such a great cause that I believe everyone should know about this day. One Day Without Shoes Day was created to help people who have never had to go without shoes or have never lived in poverty to put themselves in the shoes of those who are forced to go without shoes every day.
While this may be hard to do since we all have jobs to get to, and for us women who have yet to get a pedicure and really don’t wanna be showing everyone our non-summer feet, show your support by walking around your homes with no shoes on, go outside and just walk down the sidewalk just to see how it would feel without any shoes on. While your at work take your shoes off under your desk (nobody’s gonna see). You can also go into your closet and donate any old shoes from yourself and your kids and donate them to those that don’t have any, even your clothes while your at it. Maybe this day is to remind us of the things that other’s don’t have, how lucky we are to have the things we have while other’s go without, We all lead busy lives and I realize sometimes we don’t sit and think about what we should be grateful for but maybe a day like this is hear to remind us.
Don’t forget to spread the word. We all need to be reminded and get involved in any way we can.