It Starts By Taking Off Your Shoes

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It Starts By Taking Off Your Shoes
Actreses Olivia Wilde and Julia Jones attend the Toms Shoes Barefoot Walk For One Day Without Shoes on April 8, 2010 in Venice, California. The two actresses led a walk down Venice Beach barefoot in honor of the day.
Actress Julia Jones, founder of Toms Shoes Blake Mycoski and actress Olivia Wilde attend the Toms Shoes Barefoot Walk For One Day Without Shoes 
A few guests attending the TOMS and the Windish Agency private pre-party for TOMS One Day Without Shoes show off their barefeet in support.
On guest of the TOMS and the Windish Agency private pre-party for TOMS One Day Without Shoes is caught slipping on a pair of shoes.     
Katie Parfet and Micha Thomas attend TOMS and the Windish Agency private pre-party for TOMS One Day Without Shoes.
Lauren Rinkey and Brady Hahn attend TOMS and the Windish Agency private pre-party for TOMS One Day Without Shoes.
Dawn Olivieri attends TOMS and the Windish Agency private pre-party for TOMS One Day Without Shoes at TOMS.
Simon Katz and Alice Katz attend TOMS and the Windish Agency private pre-party for TOMS One Day Without Shoes.
Julianna Guill attends TOMS and the Windish Agency private pre-party for TOMS One Day Without Shoes.
Lukas Burton and Melanie Pasternak attend TOMS and the Windish Agency private pre-party for TOMS One Day Without Shoes.
Steve G Lover and Swank attend TOMS and the Windish Agency private pre-party for TOMS One Day Without Shoes.
Yves Berlin attends TOMS and the Windish Agency private pre-party for TOMS One Day Without Shoes.

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If you see a few bare feet walking around your town on April 16th there is no cause for alarm. The shoe company TOMS has established April 16th as "One Day Without Shoes" in an effort to raise global awareness to children's health and education by walking without shoes.

At some point, we've all taken shoes for granted. In many impoverished countries, walking without shoes can lead to soil-transmitted parasites, which affect nearly 740 million people worldwide. These soil-transmitted diseases or more commonly known as hookworm, are not only dangerous, but can have a serious impact on a child's life. Studies show that children affected by hookworm are 20% less likely to go to school and earn 40% less in adult life.



TOMS solution? To raise awareness by taking one day out of the year to go barefoot. They've developed an entire awareness campaign on their website (click here to visit) and have established a simple mantra for the day, "it all starts by taking off your shoes." Their hope is that the day inspires curiosity, conversation, action, and change.

Check out photos above from their official launch party this year and a few celebs who've gotten in on the action.
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