Thursday, April 8, 2010

A day without shoes!

Did you know that in Ethiopia, approximately one million people are suffering from Podoconiosis, a debilitating and disfiguring disease caused by walking barefoot in volcanic soil? Podoconiosis is 100% preventable with basic foot hygiene and wearing shoes. Through everyday encounters with domestic poverty, we are reminded to appreciate having food and shelter, but most of us all but forget about our feet. Food, shelter, AND shoes facilitate life’s fundamentals. Imagine a life without shoes; constantly aware of the ground in front of you, suffering regular cuts and scrapes, tending to infection after each walk, and enduring not only terrain, but heat and cold.

The problem is large, but the solution is simple. Wearing shoes and practicing basic hygiene can prevent both infection and disease due to unsafe roads and contaminated soil. By imagining a life barefoot, we can all contribute to the awareness of these conditions. (from

Today we joined TOMS Shoes and many communities, campuses, organizations, and individuals who are banding together to walk barefoot for One Day Without Shoes.

Did you know that you can buy these cute shoes from TOMS and they donate a pair to a child in need? I LOVE mine and they feel like a bit of heaven on my feet!

I want these.....hint hint?

Want to spread the word? Just take off your shoes! Or go to