Kids Learn What It’s Like to Not Have Shoes

Bare Feet

Mackenzie Breeding says she’s lucky to have shoes.


Because without them, “you get really bad diseases on your feet,” she said, in an interview with Kirksville, Missouri, TV station KTVO.    “And you can’t do anything.”

Unfortunately, lots of kids all over the world have to do everything everyday without shoes.

That’s why Mackenzie and her third-grade classmates at Davis County Elementary School in Bloomfield, Iowa, kicked off their own kicks on April 16th.

It was a special event called “One Day Without Shoes.”

Around the country, kids walked around school barefoot for a day.

Not only did they raise awareness about how many kids have no choice but to go barefoot.

They also learned what those kids have to deal with all the time.

Kids at North Albany Middle School in Albany, Oregon, also took their shoes off for a day – some of them, at least.

“Some of them are, ‘I don’t want to do it.  I’m uncomfortable,’” North Albany student Danika Thayer told the Albany Democrat-Herald, the local newspaper.  “That’s the point.”

“One Day Without Shoes” was the brainchild of a shoe company owner named Blake Mycoskie.

He created it to get people to follow in his own footsteps — and donate shoes to kids who don’t have them.

For every kid who signs up for “One Day Without Shoes,” Mycoskie reportedly donates a second pair of shoes in that kid’s name – shoes that go to kids whose parents can’t afford to buy a pair.

A lot of kids donate their own shoes as well.

At Brandon Valley Middle School in Brandon, South Dakota, the kids collected more than 350 pairs, according to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, TV station KELO.

“I just saw this ‘One Day Without Shoes’ and it really hit my heart,” Brandon Valley 8th grader Alison Woodward told KELO reporter Stephanie Gregory.  “If your feet hurt or something, (think) how those kids … that don’t have shoes will feel (every day).”

At Coffenberry Middle School in Myrtle Creek, Oregon, the kids reportedly walked across a bed of rocks, sand and gravel, just to experience that feeling firsthand.

“I didn’t realize how many kids go without shoes,” Coffenberry sixth-grader Alyssa Rainville told the News-Review, her local paper.

That’s what “One Day Without Shoes” is all about – “spreading awareness,” as 12-year-old Julia Stegman, a student at Saint Joseph School in Crescent Springs, Kentucky, told Northern Kentucky News reporter Amy Scalf.

“It feels good to know we’re doing something good,” Julia said.