National Shoe the World Day

National Shoe The World Day is a holiday that illuminates the need for quality footwear for millions of people around the world who go without. This holiday is celebrated on March 15th every year and is a day on which people can take the time to help someone who might not have proper footwear. After all, over half a billion men, women, and children lack basic access to footwear, and many of them live in harsh environments or climates. That makes this an important day for everyone to make a difference in someone’s life.

The History Of National Shoe The World Day

National Shoe The World Day can be traced back to 2014 when Donald Zsemonadi and the United Indigenous People in Fontana, California, initiated the day for the first time. Since then, people all over the world have participated in this event and have helped shoe the shoeless.

The History Of Shoes & Footwear

The first sandals ever created emerged in ancient Egypt around 1,250 BC. As great as this invention was, however, it wasn’t the first shoe to be made. Those were created sometime during 3,300 BC. It was a shoe made from deerskin that had been stuffed with hay and had a sole made from bearskin. It was discovered in 1991 at the border between Italy and Austria and is believed to be the oldest shoe ever made.

Getting back to sandals, these types of shoes became extremely popular among the Greeks and Romans. In ancient Rome, the more laces a sandal had, the higher the person’s social status or military rank. And in Greece, slaves weren’t allowed to wear sandals; only free citizens could wear them.

Interesting Facts About Shoes

If you’re looking for facts about shoes, then you’ve come to the right place. Below are some of the facts that we uncovered about shoes while researching this holiday. These are facts that people can enjoy while they’re participating in this holiday and helping shoe someone who is shoeless.

  • The first people to wear heels were men in the 10th century.
  • Tragic actors in Ancient Greece wore platform shoes to symbolize their superiority over comic actors.
  • Sneakers were first invented around 1892.
  • Sneakers were given their name because their soles make no sound.
  • Audrey Hepburn helped to popularize loafers during the 1960s.
  • In Britain during the 14th century, barleycorn was established as the basis for shoe measurement.
  • It’s estimated that American women own 19 pairs of shoes on average.
  • The original red ruby shoes from the Wizard of Oz sold for $660,000.

Observing National Shoe The World Day

If you’re looking to observe this holiday, you can do so by donating shoes to one of the many organizations that shoe people all over the world. You can also organize your own shoe drive and donate shoes to those who need them. You can also use the hashtag #NationalShoeTheWorldDay to spread the word about this holiday.

When is it?
This year (2024)
March 15 Friday
Next year (2025)
March 15 Saturday
Last year (2023)
March 15 Wednesday
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