If you could go all of today without shoes, I urge you to do it.
Why, you ask? Because all over the world there are children and adults who can’t afford shoes. There are people living everywhere who are forced to walk on the hot earth, step on broken glass and sharp rocks because they have no other choice.
One Day Without Shoes is a movement that Toms Shoes advocates. It’s purpose is to make people aware of other peoples’ suffering. By going a whole day without shoes, you can explain the Toms’ mission to others. And by going a whole day without shoes, you can experience what it might be like for someone else. You can walk a mile in someone elses’ lack of shoes.
I haven’t done One Day Without Shoes, and I’ll readily admit that. Most work environments don’t allow it for obvious health reasons. But I’m still willing to spread the word. For two years when Hanson toured they took a one mile walk with their fans before each show. They were barefoot almost every single time. They encouraged their fans to walk barefoot, too, to experience what it is that others endure on a day to day basis.
If you can’t go barefoot, why not instead buy a pair of Toms Shoes? Every pair that is bought, one is donated to someone without. They’ve done shoe drops in different countries, delivering shoes to children who’ve never had one single pair.
These facts are taken straight from the Toms Shoes website.
*A leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted diseases, which can penetrate the skin through bare feet. Wearing shoes can help prevent these diseases, and the long-term physical and cognitive harm they cause.
* Wearing shoes also prevents feet from getting cuts and sores. Not only are these injuries painful, they also are dangerous when wounds become infected.
* Many times children can’t attend school barefoot because shoes are a required part of their uniform. If they don’t have shoes, they don’t go to school. If they don’t receive an education, they don’t have the opportunity to realize their potential.
I hope you have an amazing day, shoeless or not. Because if you’re reading this, it’s likely you have the opportunity to wear shoes. You probably have more than one pair.