One Day Without Shoes Day

One Day Without Shoes Day is a holiday observed annually on May 10th. What is the purpose of this holiday? Its purpose is to show people that they are too dependent on their footwear and that they need to take a moment to shed their shoes and go barefoot for the day. Of course, that’s only one aspect of this holiday.

It’s also a day that reminds people that shoes aren’t just a fashion choice but are extremely important to those who are living in poverty and can’t afford them. There are millions of impoverished children who don’t have shoes around the world, and it’s just another obstacle that they have to overcome in their daily lives.

The History of One Day Without Shoes Day

One Day Without Shoes Day was created in 2006 by TOMS Shoes to encourage people to pay attention to all of the problems that a lack of shoes can cause in an impoverished child’s life. What motivated them to create this holiday when they did? Well, it happened after the owner of TOMS Shoes, Blake Mycoskie, visited Argentina in 2006.

He noticed that many children were running around barefoot through the streets. This is when he learned that the lack of shoes was only a part of a larger problem with poverty in Argentina.

This is when he decided to do something about it. For every pair of shoes his company sold, he would provide a new pair of shoes to the impoverished youth of Argentina. In October 2006, the first 10,000 pairs were distributed in this country, and this holiday has been observed ever since.

Observing One Day Without Shoes Day

As the name of this holiday suggests, it’s a day for people to go a full day without wearing their shoes, just so that people know exactly what it feels like to not wear shoes. Another thing that people can do is donate shoes or money to an organization that distributes shoes to the needy. And the final thing that people can do is spread the news about this holiday online using the hashtag #OneDayWithoutShoesDay.

When is it?
This year (2024)
May 10 Friday
Next year (2025)
May 10 Saturday
Last year (2023)
May 10 Wednesday
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