Call for One Day Without Shoes

In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in a village in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need.

To date, TOMS says it has given over one million pairs of new shoes to children through giving partners around the world.

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On Tuesday, April 5, TOMS Shoes will ask the world to go without shoes so that kids don’t have to with its annual One Day Without Shoes event. 

This is the day each year that TOMS ( raises awareness of the impact a pair of shoes can have on a child’s life. Last year, over 250,000 people went without shoes and over 1,600 events took place around the globe, informs the company.

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One Day Without Shoes participants can go to to get the latest updates, create and join events in their area, download an event tool kit, and see what others around the world will be doing on April 5.

Participants can also stay connected through the new One Day Without Shoes mobile application, available on iPhone and Android.

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The application will enable users to share pictures, provide music to get people going on their barefoot adventures, check out One Day Without Shoes merchandise, and more.

TOMS’ Founder and chief shoe giver Blake Mycoskie said, “The problem is large but the solution is simple. Wearing shoes and basic hygiene can prevent both infection and disease due to unsafe roads and contaminated soil. By imagining a life without shoes, we can all contribute to the awareness of these conditions, which is why we ask everyone to join TOMS on April 5 and participate in One Day Without Shoes.”

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