Update 4.12.10 - today I got my shoes! Love them in the burlap.
I just bought my first pair of Tom's Shoes. I'm so excited to support this company because with every pair of shoes purchased, a new pair of shoes is sent to a child in need - one for one.
Many children in developing countries grow up barefoot. Whether at play, doing chores or going to school, these children are at risk:
•A leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted diseases, which can penetrate the skin through bare feet. Wearing shoes can help prevent these diseases, and the long-term physical and cognitive harm they cause.
•Wearing shoes also prevents feet from getting cuts and sores. Not only are these injuries painful, they also are dangerous when wounds become infected.
•Many times children can't attend school barefoot because shoes are a required part of their uniform. If they don't have shoes, they don't go to school. If they don't receive an education, they don't have the opportunity to realize their potential. [source - Toms.com]
Today is One Day Without Shoes. Tom's is encouraging people to spend some time barefoot today to spread awareness. While it may not be feasible for you to go barefoot today, there are many other ways to get involved if you want. Check out their website for details.
[BTW, I'm barefoot as I type this.]