Today, I was anything but a New York cliché. Today, I took my shoes off on the New York City streets.
The last time I was anywhere in NYC with no shoes on and no grass under my feet, I was 22 years old, it was 3AM, and my 4 inch heels were killing me. Most importantly, I was too drunk to care.
Today, I was sober. Most importantly, it was my job. Yes, it was my job to take my shoes off. In New York City.
Today, April 16th was TOMS Shoes ONE DAY WITHOUT SHOES event. This shoe company is famous for donating a pair of shoes for each pair they sell. They give shoes to children in third world countries who have never owned a pair before.
The focus of today’s event was to spread global awareness about the benefits of shoes. Did you know they protect against soil-based infections like hookworm, which affects 740 million people worldwide? Fortunately my barefoot trek was exclusively on asphalt, other wise you can bet I’d hypochondria-the-fuck-out about hookworm.
Not surprisingly, it was difficult to get passers-by to join us. New Yorkers love their shoes. And know this city is Dirty with a capital D. Tompkins Square Park also has a history as a hangout for junkies. This dates back to the 90’s, the park has been mostly sanitized since then. Though yuppies with their dogs and strollers far out number them, if you look you will find “questionable persons”.
It was nice to work for a good cause. TOMS is a great company and I’ve been eyeing their breezy, perfect-for-spring crochet collection for months. It was a beautiful sunny day, I really couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend my morning.
Especially after yesterday. What a day. My heart goes out to Boston♥