TOMS was founded by Blake Mycoskie in 2006. While traveling in developing countries, he discovered there were many who didn't own shoes. Now when someone purchases a pair of TOMS, the company donates a new pair of shoes to a child in need. In developing countries not wearing shoes can lead to many problems. It increases the chance of contracting a soil-transmitted disease. There's also a higher likelihood of getting a cut that becomes infected. Many times children can't even attend school because shoes are a required part of their uniform.
There were several One Day Without Shoes activities planned in my area, but nothing that fit into my schedule, so I decided to make my own small commemoration. I decided it wouldn't be appropriate to go shoeless at work; I was subbing in another classroom, and didn't know what that teacher would think. Besides, it would be quite chilly when we went outside for recess today!
I decided to lose my shoes for my post-work workout at the gym. However, I was reluctant to go completely barefoot. Who knows what germs had been left by the previous shod users? I chose to leave my white athletic socks on--it was crazy enough that if anyone asked what I was doing, I could tell them why. After I changed into my exercise clothes, I took off my shoes, stowed them in the locker, and locked everything up. I walked through the locker room and to the bank of elliptical machines in the back of the room in my stockinged feet.
I thought the exercise session would be easy, but I found out the elliptical foot pad has a raised ridge running down the center of it that made it uncomfortable to my shoeless feet. I decided I was done after 20 minutes and moved on. In this gym the machines are right in the middle of the room. I figured that if anyone was going to notice my feet, this would be the time, but I completed a whole circuit without drawing any attention. When I was finished, I walked back to the locker room to retrieve my belongings. Before I put my shoes back on I took a look at the bottom of my socks.
EWWW! They were quite black. I guess wearing shoes is a good idea.