Get ya feet out.

Words by

Vivian Lin

Ever looked down at your tootsies and thought about the impact a pair of shoes can have on a person’s life? No? Let us help you out.

A good pair of shoes is important to your:

  • Health: They can prevent people from developing diseases such as podoconiosis, which causes extremely painful swelling of the feet and legs
  • Education: They encourage children to attend school by completing a full school uniform
  • Empowerment: They can help children and their families to get the care and support they need to integrate into larger community goals.

So from today until May 21, instead of taking a #selfie, what about a #footsie? For every photo of bare feet tagged #withoutshoes on Instagram, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need, as part of their One Day Without Shoes Campaign. 

The goal is to give one million pairs of shoes and in the process raise awareness for children’s health and education.

So far, the world has given away nearly 140 000 pairs of shoes thanks to the incredible #withoutshoes campaign. Visit the TOMS website to see how just how many it can reach.


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