One Day Without Shoes: Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is One Day Without Shoes day. I think I’m actually going to take the challenge. Working for an international development organization certainly makes me more aware of the struggles of the world’s poor.

From the website:

  • In some developing nations, children must walk for miles to school, clean water and to seek medical help.
  • Cuts and sores on feet can lead to serious infection.
  • Often, children cannot attend school barefoot.
  • In Ethiopia, approximately one million people are suffering from Podoconiosis, a debilitating and disfiguring disease caused by walking barefoot in volcanic soil.
  • Podoconiosis is 100% preventable with basic foot hygiene and wearing shoes.

I’ve got one pair of TOMS, and I suspect I’ll bring them along for the day just in case (of what, I don’t know), but I don’t think I’ll have much of a problem going barefoot tomorrow. Because I don’t walk for miles to get my water; because I don’t walk in volcanic soil; because I have the option of wearing shoes if I want to. So I’ll help raise awareness for those that aren’t as lucky.

P.S. If you’re a Little Rock native, stop by the Box Turtle, leave your shoes at the door and get 20 percent off your purchase of a pair of TOMS shoes (making it that much easier to provide a pair of shoes to someone in need)!

2 thoughts on “One Day Without Shoes: Tomorrow!

    1. Brooke Post author

      Oh, I know. That’s why I like these simple awareness-raising activities. According to the website, over a quarter of a million people participated, which is pretty impressive.


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