One Day Without Shoes

by Felecia April. 05, 2011 2563 views

One Day Without Shoes is a global event designed to encourage people to go barefoot for a day to draw attention to the plight of children in developing nations who face injury, illness and missed opportunity because they don't have adequate protection.

TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie says that not having shoes puts kids at a heightened risk of injury, disease and infection. Among the soil-transmitted risks that most can't afford to prevent and treat are:

* Hookworm: Causes anemia, stunted physical and mental development and, on occasion, congestive heart failure. Affects up to one-fifth of the world's population.
* Podoconiosis or “mossy foot disease”: Causes swelling of the feet and legs due to prolonged exposure to certain types of irritant soil.
* Chiggers: Bites on the feet and ankles from these mites can cause severe itching and hives.
* Tetanus: Potentially fatal infectious disease caused by bacteria entering the body through cuts or other open wounds. Causes painful muscle spasms and locked jaw.

In addition, many schools in rural developing nations require students to have shoes to attend schools, so not having shoes is a roadblock to opportunity.

I raised some eyebrows at work today when I showed up barefoot, but ultimately I think my Captains were very understanding when I explained why.

What I learned: The ground was not only extremely cold and wet, but it was super hard and the little pebbles in the walk were painful on my feet. I did this for one day. Many people do this all day, every day. I will never throw out another pair of shoes again.

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Lis 6 years, 5 months ago

great tribute Felicia.:) I know about TOMS shoes initiative as well. In our country there are so many kids without shoes or even slippers. I am happy to say that our family has donated all our old shoes and slippers to a bunch of streetchildren in an orphanage. I hope their feet are warm now.:)

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Edgar Baird 6 years, 5 months ago

Look at those cute toes! As a fairly hardcore barefooter, I do see shoes as necessary nearly as much as the average joe. But then again, no one ever accused me of being average. Once your feet get tough you can handle just about any surface. I regularly do a seven mile hike in local mountains-over some fairly steep and tricky terrain. And yes I do it without shoes! You'll laugh at my hobbit feet when I get there, Feebs!

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Julie 6 years, 5 months ago

Wow...never heard of this! How interesting.

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Jacki 6 years, 5 months ago

Really interesting post! Thanks for sharing this idea.

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Christa 6 years, 5 months ago

This is a worthful and lovely tribute.

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Finbarr 6 years, 5 months ago

Good for you !!

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Bee 6 years, 5 months ago

Interesting - haven't heard of this! Would definitely take part in it if I had known. Good learning experience for everyone.

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Eiram Marie 6 years, 5 months ago

I have never heard of this, very interesting!

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Helen Hooker 6 years, 5 months ago

What a great idea - good for you! :-)

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Ricardo 6 years, 5 months ago

eehehehe did you lost them in the sea :p
kidding!

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Gregg Maretka 6 years, 5 months ago

Now at fist i saw the title and picture and the words above the pic and thought.....hmmmmm Feebs has finally lost it...
Then i read what you wrote after the pic and awwww you such i trooper...alittle nuts but a trooper....now put those shoes back on before you catch a cold.... ;o))
Wonderful post..........................................
and nail polish........................................... ;o))

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Walter 6 years, 5 months ago

:-)

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Marsha 6 years, 5 months ago

What a worthy cause....and you've created a great picture to illustrate. Thanks for sharing this important information, Felecia.....

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Raymond David Gonzalez 6 years, 5 months ago

Thanks for sharing. Great Post to bring awareness! Check out Soles for Souls.com

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Pete 6 years, 5 months ago

thanks for sharing

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Michael Sakowicz 6 years, 5 months ago

Just great to see these types of posts and something we can all get into. Nicely done.

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Ray King 6 years, 5 months ago

Great post and sacrifice! And OMG.... I missed your PF. Lead me to it, please!

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Tom 6 years, 5 months ago

Nice post and good reportage, I wish I could have went barefoot today, I really hates shoes, well actually I hate socks but I have to be civilized to work

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Darlene Foster 6 years, 5 months ago

Great post to raise awareness of this cause!

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Mallusatish Reddy 6 years, 5 months ago

Excellent post and beautiful feet

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Roger 6 years, 5 months ago

great post Felecia

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Eric J H Joyce 6 years, 5 months ago

Great post, hope your feet are OK. Congrats on a well deserved FP.

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Sara G 6 years, 5 months ago

Awwww, I didn't realize this could happen. You were a brave soul to go to work like this..I think we have an organization that sends shoes..

6 years, 5 months ago Edited
Alison May 6 years, 5 months ago

I've never heard of this day, but I would definitely take part in it over here, what a great cause and lesson. Congrats on the FP :-)

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