Can't decide which pair of shoes goes best with your outfit? Forget about it! Yesterday was TOMS' sixth annual One Day Without Shoes, and people around the world went shoeless to acknowledge the millions whose health, education, and life suffer because they can't afford proper footwear.
If the thought of wandering your school or office hallways barefoot grosses you out, just imagine how the 30,000 people who live on a single landfill in the Philippines feel every day! I often let a little rain in my running shoes dampen my mood...while over 740 million people around the world have hookworm, a soil-transmitted parasite that stunts growth. Children with hookworm are 20% less likely to go to school, and earn 40% less at work as adults, and even many healthy kids won't get an education because their families can't afford their schools' required footwear.
The point of One Day Without Shoes is to remind us that shoes aren't just an accessory -- they're a necessity. Even celebs like Miley Cyrus, Mario Lopez, One Direction's Louis Tomlinson, and "Scandal" producer Shonda Rimes are all about it!
And this isn't just about one day. TOMS' DIY Toolkit has tons of shirts, signs, stickers, and stencils you can use to spread the word any day. I'm totally showing up to a dinner date shoeless. If my fella won't go barefoot with me, he can spend the night without me!