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One Day Without Shoes, April 8th

Amongst the frenzy that is going on here on EVOKE, I ask you, my fellow EVOKEians to please join me tomorrow, Thursday, April 8th, for one day without shoes. It will be something not only to indirectly bring our community together, but it will also give you the opportunity to make a difference.

One day without shoes is hosted by TOMS shoes. If you don't know about the company already, please read my very first blog post. It was about the founder, Blake Mycoskie. This day is one on which to raise awareness about the various problems that people around the world are facing simply because they do not have shoes.

Rahul put a great video up that is from TOMS shoes about a 100% preventable disease called podoconiosis. It can be found here: http://www.urgentevoke.com/video/preventing-podoconiosis

I urge you to join me on this day, whether it be for the entire day or only a few hours. Please take a few moments to visit TOMS website and learn a little bit more about it, and when someone asks you why you are not wearing shoes, you can give them an educated answer, and put a lot of meaning behind your actions.

Thanks.

If you do decide to take part, please share pictures here as evidence! I would love to see people getting involved :)

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Comment by Reema on April 8, 2010 at 4:49am
Comment by Reema on April 8, 2010 at 4:50am
Comment by Michele Baron on April 8, 2010 at 6:05am
Thank you for your post. A meaningful exercise--particularly if you walk everywhere (I do not drive--my children and I do walk everywhere...).
Comment by Sarah Shaw Tatoun on April 8, 2010 at 6:21am
Thanks, Reema. I'll try, but it's still pretty cold here... ;-)
Comment by Omri or something on April 8, 2010 at 8:26am
Oooh, right at snake season. but I'll do my best.
Comment by Chris Ke Sihai on April 8, 2010 at 12:48pm
I walk around without shoes very often, in fact I my early morning dog walks take about an hour walking on grass, rock, paved path, and sharp stones. The human foot evolved to walk without shoes in forests and savannahs where sharp dirty stuff and insects were common. Sure, a little extra protection may be helpful sometimes, but I disagree with the idea that shoes are as important as we have been led to believe. My yoga teacher agrees with me, and he's spent years researching this. And my friends at Nike (I have several) go very quiet when I share this opinion. Interestingly, they don't have a lot to say in their own defense in the face of a simple discussion about body mechanics or the functions of all those muscles and nerve ending we have in our feet.

Shoes are bad for you, and shoe companies promoting the idea that we should appreciate our shoes more...... well, it sounds like a marketing stunt. Sorry to say this, but I hate to see idealism being exploited by those seeking a profit.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barefoot#Benefits
Comment by Turil Cronburg on April 8, 2010 at 1:53pm
Chris, I agree with you, and the scientific evidence shows that the fastest runners on the planet run without shoes! :-)

What I want, I think, is a sort of more hearty sock, that won't wear out easily because it has a thick sole, and that will protect me from the shattered glass and cold of urban New England sidewalks and streets (and allow me to legally enter stores and other pubic buildings with fears of bare feet). I'd use leather, but wearing someone else's dead skin is just gross, to me, so I'm looking for something else to use as a bottom for my more natural foot covering. I might try synthetic microfiber suede if I can find some somewhere.
Comment by Reema on April 8, 2010 at 2:37pm
@Turil: If you're looking for something like that, check out these vibram five finger shoes from Italy: http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/products/index.cfm

Thank you all for joining me, as I said, I would love to see pictures or videos.

@MAK: That's adorable! :)
Comment by Samiran Roy on April 8, 2010 at 2:37pm
My day will be spent in my room studying and evoking, and I don't wear shoes at home. So I qualify by default:)
Comment by Reema on April 8, 2010 at 2:39pm
Nice Samiran :) Thank you.

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