Posts Tagged ‘awareness’

** Update on the Chi Alpha page! ¬†Check out Karen’s thoughts about her shoeless day ūüôā


It has been a pretty great experience after One Day Without Shoes.  Just seeing how many people all over the nation that were willing to go barefoot was pretty awesome!

Now that the day has come and gone, and the next day without shoes is a year away, I figured that people going barefoot would end on the 16th. ¬†But i’ve come to find that even after the 16th, people have contacted me or talked to me about TOMS and the barefoot awareness day. ¬†It just goes to show that people are actually interested in what TOMS does, not just a one day push sort of thing. ¬†

One of the biggest conversation intros is my TOMS. ¬†they’re a fun bright blue and white striped pattern, so people will often ask me where I got them and what kind of shoes they are. ¬†Easy in! ¬†People love the way the shoes look and love the One for One campaign.

So, the official One Day Without Shoes has passed, but it is clear that the concept goes beyond just one day out of the year!

Read Full Post »

doesn’t the title of my post speak for itself? maybe not ūüôā ¬†I wanted to post some of my favorite pictures from One Day Without Shoes for you to see!

img_24563i just really like this picture. ¬†The angle, the colors…¬†

img_2435I also really like this one because it was taken at my school. ¬†In the moot courtroom…
It’s just kind of cool to see the contrast between TOMS shoeless challenge, and the formality of a courtroom.

amor-and-day-without-shoes-0761I just think these girls are great ūüôā and that’s how i felt after my day without shoes too!

0416091556-011¬†who doesn’t love a good jumping shot! I really love that the TOMS flag is prominently visible ūüôā
plus the fact that the turtle pond is in the background is even better!

un-nino1now i know that this wasn’t taken on April 16th. but i LOVE this image. ¬†Partially because it is so real and evoking. ¬†This little boy reminds me of a little boy that I met in Mexico.¬†

3451830212_cbc3560fe01i LOVE this picture.
it’s exactly what I was going for with the point people.
attract attention!!!!!!!!!! how can you not look at him??

img_3835-11I like this because it makes you wonder where his shoes are. ¬†riding a motorcycle with no shoes is not the safest idea in the world. And yet, there are people who would never dream of owning a bike like this… even more so the shoes that would protect your feet while riding the bike.

3452354254_c6358bdf9f1his facial expression is priceless. ¬†It’s probably what my face looked like all day… “what the heck is on the bottom of my foot???” ¬†It’s crazy because we are so aware of when something doesn’t belong on the bottom of our feet. ¬†Yet children every day run around in things that we would never dream of touching.

dsc011051¬†reality: ¬†if you don’t wear shoes, you will get hurt.

dscn14191another image that conjures up an OUCH thought.  It cannot feel too great to ride around on a bike barefoot!

img_23022i took this beforehand.  This was the first time I had to explain One Day Without Shoes to complete strangers.  And i loved it!  I love images of contrast.  Shoes and no shoes.

feetcircle21so many bare feet!  I think this one made me smile because I realized how many people were willing to walk barefoot through atlanta to experience One Day Without Shoes.  awesome!

img_25202Again. This is one of my contrast images. ¬†Sarah is kind of laughing because the people across the street at Brit’s Pub (you can sort of see it) would stare at us as we walked around barefoot. ¬†Literally, Brit’s Pub during happy hour can have about 50-80 business people chillin and enjoying food and drinks. ¬†So here is Sarah and I, telling people about TOMS and their One for One purpose with all these downtown employees staring at us thinking we are crazy! there is just a whole lotta wealth sitting right there.

img_25502and finally. ¬†I really love this picture. ¬†Not just because it is a U of MN pic, but because this is what I envisioned One Day Without Shoes to be for me. ¬†A group of people who are passionate about TOMS and excited about One Day WIthout Shoes, heading out, willing to talk to whoever for however long and pass on the word about TOMS shoes. ¬†It doesn’t take a lot of people to make a difference. ¬†Just a few who are willing to push the limit and be bold in approaching people. ¬†The big thing is that people just don’t know about the need for shoes. ¬†They also don’t realize that there is a simple way for them to help. ¬†All they need is someone who is not afraid to go up to them and tell them.

Read Full Post »

New Posts! Рcheck out the tabs on the top of the site and see what people were up to on April 16th  and how they were spreading the word for TOMS!

Atlanta¬†– two sub pages so make sure to check those out ūüôā

Megan’s Story – reflection on time spent with children who are barefoot every day.

Jenna’s Thoughts – a teacher’s reflection on One Day Without Shoes (a Minneapolis subpage)

University of Illinois РUrbana/Champaign Рphotos from their barefoot walk are up!

Still waiting for some photos to come in ūüôā So keep checking! Thanks for making One Day Without Shoes a great success ūüôā¬†

Read Full Post »

I am so excited to see photos and hear stories of the One Day Without Shoes events! WOOHOO!

I am also exhausted.  It is 2AM and i just finished soaking my feet.  I now realize more than ever how amazing shoes are and how much better my feet feel in them.

It was just a day. ¬†And i can’t imagine living and walking in my bare feet.

I have more photos and stories to upload in the morning, BUT for now, i am going to sleep!

One Day Without Shoes is over. ¬†But the work is never done ūüôā

Read Full Post »

… it is officially

ONE DAY WITHOUT SHOES.  will you take the challenge and go without shoes today?

One Day Without Shoes


One Day Without Shoes


One Day

A Story from Ghana…

I was sharing with a friend from school today about TOMS Shoes and the One Day Without Shoes campaign.  He was pretty excited about the whole idea.  Then he went on to share his experience in Ghana this past year.

He shared that the kids in Ghana ran around barefoot. ¬†He was shocked to see them playing soccer (and REALLY… playing soccer) on gravel in their barefoot. ¬†They were sliding and digging and running… all without shoes on. ¬†It amazed him that this was just a part of their life. ¬†They’d never experienced shoes and being barefoot was the norm.¬†

He was just amazed at how different his life was from theirs.  Even with issues such as food, they were not used to eating meat.  They are just so poor there that they choose to spend their money on certain things, and shoes is just not a necessity to them.

How blessed we are to live in a place where we have shoes, clothing, roofs over our heads, and opportunities for education (not that ALL Americans experience this… but generally). ¬†And yet we are unhappy and unfulfilled. ¬†And in Ghana, these kids have nothing. ¬†And they learn to find joy in the little things.

It’s just eye opening. ¬†TOMS opens the door for anyone to give a pair of shoes to a child who may never have shoes otherwise. In a way, it is realizing our differences and wanting to make a change.

Read Full Post »


One Day Without Shoes:  Coast to Coast 
April 16th, 2009    

It’s a challenge.  An experience.  See what thousands of people are faced with daily.  
TOMS Shoes is challenging you to go without shoes on April 16th.  
The goal: have people across the nation take the challenge and go shoeless 
for one day.
Sound impractical?  Imagine if you had to do it for your entire childhood.    

A Little About TOMS Shoes…  
Why:  Many children in developing countries do not have shoes.  
How:  Shoe Drops and Shoe Drop Tours  
Results:  TOMS has given over 140,000 shoes to children in Argentina, Ethiopia, 
South Africa, and even in the United States. 

Fast Shoe Facts  
— 4¬†billion¬†people¬†in¬†the¬†world¬†live¬†in¬†conditions¬†inconceivable¬†to¬†many.¬†¬†¬†
— Most¬†children¬†in¬†developing¬†countries¬†grow¬†up¬†barefoot,¬†at¬†risk¬†for¬†foot
disease, infection, and painful sores.  
— In¬†these¬†countries,¬†walking¬†is¬†often¬†the¬†primary¬†mode¬†of¬†transportation.¬†
— They¬†have¬†to¬†walk¬†to¬†get¬†food,¬†water,¬†shelter,¬†and¬†medical¬†help.¬†¬†¬†¬†
— Without¬†shoes,¬†many¬†children¬†do¬†not¬†meet¬†the¬†requirements¬†for¬†an¬†education¬†
and thus lose a critical opportunity for a better life.   
— Providing¬†shoes¬†to¬†children¬†allows¬†them¬†to¬†walk¬†places¬†they¬†may¬†not¬†be¬†
able to reach barefoot.  

What can you do to help?  
Make a difference.  Take the challenge.  Engage with people. Hand out fliers. 
See what  it’s like… Share your experiences with stories and pictures.
Lead a group.  Organize a walk without shoes.  Have them go shoeless for an 
hour or two.  Imagine what a difference a pair of shoes could make.  

Make some noise.  Attract some attention.  Create awareness.  

Email your experiences and stories to:  onedaywithoutshoes@gmail.com  Track the stories from all over at:  https://onedaywithoutshoes.wordpress.com 

Promo Code: odwssa8S7EE887K  

Read Full Post »