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April 8, 2010 is TOMS Shoes‘ One Day Without Shoes.

if you don’t know, TOMS Shoes sells some pretty sweet footwear, but what’s even better is that with every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One. cool right?

if you’re a little skeptical, don’t be. i had the incredibly opportunity to intern at TOMS shoes last summer and saw a company that does what it says it does. and does it passionately.

One of the things that TOMS Shoes does is work hand-in-hand with it’s non-profit partner (that’s the easiest way to explain it), Friends of TOMS.  FOT gives shoes in other countries to provide shoes to children who’ve never had a pair and also work to prevent and treat podoconiosis, which is a debilitating disease that causes extreme swelling, repeated ulcers and deformity in the feet and legs.  People get podo by walking barefoot in silica-heavy volcanic soil, a common practice in rural farming regions of developing countries.  Especially in Ethiopia, this disease effects many people to the point where they cannot walk or do life the way we do.  ODWS is a way to spread awareness for the need for shoes in the world.

That being said, this Thursday is One Day Without Shoes. if you check out the TOMS ODWS website, there are events you can attend in your area, or you can even host an event.  But do it.  Here are some vids that show what TOMS is doing this Thursday, and who is joining them. it’s pretty cool 🙂

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