Kick your shoes off and run through the grass…or pavement…or puddles
“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” — Kahlil Gibran
I’m sure by now most of you have heard of TOMS Shoes. If you haven’t, you’ve probably at least seen some of their shoes wandering the UGA campus or wherever you happen to reside.
Their allure is simple: well-made shoes created to support a very worthy cause.
The premise—“For every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of shoes to a child in need. One for One. Using the purchasing power of individuals to benefit the greater good is what we’re all about” (per the TOMS site).
And they’re doing a lot of work in a continent very dear to my heart, Africa. And besides, Dave Matthews himself endorses the cause and is lending his talents to a soundtrack of some sort.
So when one of my friends asked me to plug what TOMS is doing at UGA, of course I couldn’t resist the urge.
Basically, this Thursday (2 days from now) April 16th has been named “One Day Without Shoes.” Yeah, that’s right, kick off your shoes—or flip flops or high heels or Chacos or whatever—and romp around barefoot for a day.
I know being barefoot around Athens and UGA’s campus may not be the most appealing idea, but it’s just one day. And it’ll help turn your precious bare feet just a little more calloused. And maybe it’ll show you what a lot of the world has to deal with every day—not just a single day.But it’s not just a day of reflection and introspection. TOMS at UGA “will have live music, a moonwalk, a “Style Your Sole” party, show the “For Tomorrow” TOMS documentary and conclude with a barefoot march across campus. All of these are activities students can participate in without wearing shoes in honor of the 40 percent of the world that walks barefoot each day” (per my friend’s email—emphasis added).
A few links for your perusal:
- TOMS Official Website
- TOMS at UGA on Facebook
- One Day Without Shoes on Facebook
- TOMS at UGA’s photos
- TOMS on YouTube