April 8th provides an opportunity to remind others the impact a pair of shoes can have on those in need. Really, spend one day barefoot. As you walk through your daily life without shoes note the difficulty it adds to your tasks. According to TOMS, a whopping 40% of the world’s population lives without shoes. 40%! The statistic is mind boggling when you think about how benign slipping a shoe on your foot can be. In some countries it’s not so benign- shoes are a precious commodity, and the people who go without have to endure walking miles barefoot for basic necessities such as food and water. Not only is walking barefoot uncomfortable, but there’s also a high risk for all kinds of nasty infections and diseases such as podoconiosis, which can cause extreme swelling, ulcers, and deformation in feet and legs. Yet a pari of shoes can prevent these hardships. It’s amazing how much change a simple pair of shoes can make in a person’s life. Join me. Advocate April 8th and a day without shoes.