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Sat., April 4, 2009, 12:07 p.m.

One Day Without Shoes

On April 16th, 2009, don't wear shoes.

April 16th is the second annual One Day Without Shoes. This event, sponsored by Toms Shoes, is meant to raise awareness about the issue that millions of people in developing countries do not have shoes to wear, and that this negatively affects their life. For those of you that don't know, Toms Shoes is a company that makes shoes. For every pair that a consumer in North America or Europe buys, Toms will donate a pair of shoes to a child in a developing country. The Toms Shoes are super comfy... I would love to be able to wear mine more often, but they say Vote Democrat on them, so they don't quite work in the 8 months of the year it's not election season.

However, this event is really interesting. It's supported really widely on college campuses (The local college with an organized event is Whitworth University). The video for One Day Without Shoes is really well made, and I would love to post it, but the encoding isn't working very well for me. It's here, though.

Are you going to participate? Do you have any Toms? After looking at the shoes, would you get a pair?

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