On April 10, a group of WSU students took off their shoes and stood on Terrell Mall to participate in the TOMS worldwide event, “One Day Without Shoes.” The event was put on to bring attention to students about how kids in third-world countries do not have proper footwear.
Sophomore advertising major Michelle Filler participated in the event and said the goal is to go barefoot for 24 hours and tell the story of TOMS to people. She said she did the event last April and it is a cool way to inform students about children who are in need of shoes.
“You realize what you take for granted,” Filler said. “You put yourself in the kids’ position.”
She said approximately 15 people went barefoot this year. She was glad at least a few people were able to participate.
Last year, she said the weather was worse though more people participated because the Greek community was involved in the event.
“I wish we could have done a lot more things,” Filler said. “I didn’t feel like we were prepared.”
During the event, Filler said she saw many people wearing Toms and wondered why they were not barefoot. She said the event is popular in Los Angeles, Calif., because certain groups get together to march around the city.
The event also showed the film “For Tomorrow: The TOMS Shoes Story,” which Filler said was very moving and wishes more people could have seen it.
Filler said she will definitely want to participate again in the future. Her dreams are to get an internship at TOMS and participate in the event for the next ten years.
The TOMS “One Day Without Shoes” event is put on every year in the spring.