TOMS Asks: Can You Go One Day Without Shoes? April 5 Is TOMS Shoes "Day Without Shoes" TOMS Asks: Can You Go One Day Without Shoes? April 5 Is TOMS Shoes "Day Without Shoes"
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TOMS Asks: Can You Go One Day Without Shoes? April 5 Is TOMS Shoes "Day Without Shoes"

by Alex Goldmark

April 6, 2011

Celebrities joined in the Day Without Shoes last year and are sure to do so again. One mass audience highlight from 2010 was Demi Moore taking off her shimmering silver heels during an interview with Jay Leno, who also bared his black socks.

"Well, that's an attractive look," Jay Says sarcastically showing off his feet. Moore counters, "but the point of it is, is for everyone to recognize what it would feel like to be without shoes." 

Strolling across a soundstage without socks on doesn't quite let us know what it's like to risk injury and infection from soil-transmitted disease that hundreds of millions of children endure as part of daily life in the developing world. But many of the events have more detailed educational components to them. 

Find an event to attend in your city here. So far there are almost 700 to choose from. Add your own if you want to get active but don't see something happening nearby. TOMS makes it easy with an organizing toolkit with fliers, signs, and event ideas. And if you can't quite bare your feet for the cause, then follow along on Twitter with hashtag #withoutshoes. 

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is leading the organizing pack with almost 2,000 people pledging to go shoeless for the cause. We'll see if any other school or organization can top that. 

If you plan to go rogue with a solo barefoot trip to work, make sure you aren't violating any local health codes. Schools, for one, are unlikely to let you wander the indoor halls barefoot. Then again, think about it. If there's a health code violation for going barefoot for one day a year, what is the health implication of going barefoot for your whole childhood? 

[An earlier version of this post misstated the full name of IUPUI]

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TOMS Asks: Can You Go One Day Without Shoes? April 5 Is TOMS Shoes "Day Without Shoes"