It’s become tradition around the NorthStar corporate office to take part in the Tom’s One Day Without Shoes event! Prior to the day, we pass around pledges for employees to stamp or trace their foot on, pledging to go ONE meeting, day, hour, etc. without shoes (whatever they are most comfortable with). We also post facts about “children who go shoeless everyday” around the office and ask everyone to spread awareness to their families and friends about organizations to get involved with to help kids who need shoes. By the end of the day, we all have a better appreciation for our shoes and lifestyles. Here are a couple of observations:
1. Going shoeless can be fun… for the first ten minutes or so but then it is uncomfortable and sometimes painful. Not only that, many businesses and schools refuse to serve you or let you come in without shoes. Can you imagine how hard it would be to never have the opportunity to wear shoes? To be denied service? Education? A chance to change your future? This really hit home with us.
2. Going shoeless isn’t even fun for the first ten minutes or so for some of us… there were a few people in our office that couldn’t stand the thought of going shoeless (we understand, “feet phobia” is real). We ran with that though – how would you feel on a daily basis if you didn’t have a choice of whether to wear shoes or not? Something to think on.