Was pretty uneventful. I didn’t get any cuts, not even a stone bruise. I’m fairly certain I did not pick up any worms or contract any diseases. It was a bit cool (in the 40s when I left for work), but nothing unbearable. Although nobody asked me why I was barefoot, I noticed that I was pretty self-conscious about it, to the extent that I think I was walking weird. Like, in quick, short steps. I suppose it was because I work in a large office with a lot of people, some of whom don’t know me at all, and none of whom really know me very well.
I walked on a number of surfaces, most of which my bare feet normally never touch (bamboo flooring!). The most difficult to walk on was definitely the gravel in the parking lot at work. But I only had a few steps to go on it. I did put my shoes on when I went to pick Sadie up from daycare, because I figured being shoeless was probably a no-no with health codes and all. When I got there, though, the daycare director was shoeless, too! So I popped my shoes back into my purse.
It was easy for me, but for millions of kids, it’s no joke. Many families can’t afford shoes for their children. And no shoes often equals no education.
I think One Day Without Shoes is a great idea, and I hope to participate more fully next year. It’s pretty easy to participate–just don’t wear shoes! Did anybody else join the movement? What did you do? What are other unique ways we can raise awareness about issues that matter to us?
In addition to TOMS One for One movement, here are a few other ways you can help others have shoes on their feet: