One Day Without Shoes is an annual event hosted by TOMS Shoes in which students, friends, parents, strangers, and co-workers host or participate in events without shoes. Some go without shoes for an hour, some for the whole day, but all become a part of a greater movement toward change. Did you know most children in developing countries grow up barefoot? Did you know some children walk without shoes for miles each day, and they can often not attend school without proper footwear? In Ethiopia, approximately 1 million people are suffering from a debilitating disease called podoconiosis, which is 100% preventable with basic hygiene and shoes. One Day Without Shoes aims to raise awareness to all of these things. From conversations about why we’ve chosen to go barefoot to the individual compassion and empathy the experience brings about, I believe TOMS has a wonderful approach at making positive proactive change simply through the message of the event and what the organization asks us to do.
Walk a mile in their (lack of) shoes. Think about someone other than yourself. Care.