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Check out the impact we made together last year. You just might spot a few familiar faces...

Change the road ahead for millions and join us on April 29, 2014

One Day Without Shoes is the annual day when we take off our shoes to raise global awareness for children's health and education.

Start a conversation for change by going without shoes and sharing what you're doing, outside or online. JOIN US

Take on the Barefoot Challenge.

This is about More Than Shoes

Children lacking access to education and good health struggle to break the poverty cycle for themselves, their families and their communities.

With the complex issues surrounding poverty, there is not one solution, but many working together. We believe that shoes play an important role in helping keep children healthy, educated and moving toward opportunities for a better future.

  1. Health: Podoconiosis


    A debilitating disease that causes extremely painful swelling of the feet and legs. Podo affects more than 4 million people in at least 15 countries.

    Source: WHO, 2013

    Why shoes?

    Podo can be prevented by wearing shoes and practicing good foot hygiene. Organizations like IOCC give shoes along with health education to children at risk of podo. Learn more about children
    at risk of podoconiosis >

  2. Education: Uniforms


    Providing children with school uniforms – which often include shoes – can increase school attendance by 62%.

    Source: Evans, 2009

    Why shoes?

    Our Giving Partners in India distribute TOMS Shoes that meet uniform requirements, enabling children to attend school regularly. Learn how shoes can help improve
    children's access to education >

  3. Empowerment: Incentives


    When shoes are integrated into programs with larger community development goals, they empower children and their families to get the care and support they need.

    Why shoes?

    Organizations like Fundación Paraguaya use shoes as an incentive to encourage participation in programs that improve access to health and education interventions. Learn more about the
    TOMS giving model >

Join Us

  • Download the DIY Toolkit Download the DIY Toolkit >

    Like to make things with your hands? Maybe
    you fancy yourself a party host? Download
    the toolkit and help spread the word.

  • Get Involved Get Involved >

    Want to start or join an event in your
    community or on your campus? Let the
    TOMS Community Team help!

  • Apparel SHOP APPAREL >

    Even if you can't join us in going barefoot,
    you can show your support with an
    awesome, limited edition One Day Tee.

Tell Your Friends

Get social and ask your friends to join in and take off their shoes to raise global awareness for children’s health and education on
April 29, 2014.


A big shout-out to our One Day Without Shoes partners for helping spread awareness and leaving their footprint.

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