National Go Barefoot Day
annually on June 1st (since 2004)
Soles4Souls in 2004
National Go Barefoot Day was launched by the non-profit group Soles4Souls following the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. Its purpose is to inspire people to donate new and used shoes to underprivileged children and victims of natural disasters. Since 2005, over nineteen million shoes have been donated worldwide.
How to Observe National Go Barefoot Day
You can celebrate National Go Barefoot Day by simply kicking off your shoes. But, to more actively participate in the day, donate shoes to a local organization or to Soles4Souls. Through Soles4Souls, individuals, groups, and businesses can donate, and information is available on their website as to where shoes can be shipped or dropped off, as well as how to host a shoe drive.