Some Northern State University students
will cross campus
and attend classes barefoot April 16 – whatever the weather.
They’ll be participants in the Day without Shoes, an annual event sponsored by NSU Residence Life and the NSU Student Association.
Style Your Sole Party
Also on April 16 will be a Style Your Sole party. People who have bought a pair of shoes from shoe company TOMS can decorate the shoes with paint, glitter, buttons, thread and more from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the NSU Student Center.
For every pair of shoes a student buys
will give a pair to a child in need in South Africa or Latin America.
Participants also are welcome to bring a pair of non-TOM’s shoes to decorate, said events organizer Karla Jager, Kramer Hall residence life coordinator.
Hundreds of new shoes donated
Since 2010, NSU students have helped purchase more than 200 pairs of shoes for children in need, said Jager.
“I think this is really important to engage students in a global initiative,” Jager said. “Through this, we consider that there are people in the world who don’t have shoes, and that prevents them from going to school and getting an education and can cause disease. It’s something we don’t usually think about.”
TOMS was founded in 2006 by Blake Mycoskie, after a trip to Argentina during which he witnessed extreme poverty. TOMS shoe styles are based on the traditional Argentine shoe called alpargata, also known as espadrille. The company matches every pair of TOMS purchased with a new pair given to a child in need.
Have your shoes before April 16
Jager suggests that students buy shoes before the Style Your Sole Party, as very few will be available for sale on April 16. The shoes cost $44, but because of monetary support from the NSU Student Association, the first 50 students buying shoes will get a $20 discount, Jager said.
Jager said that since NSU Dining Services requires diners to wear shoes, Day without Shoes participants should have a pair on hand to slip on before entering the dining area.
How to Buy
To buy shoes, see Jager in Student Center 209 or 231 and pay by cash or check. NSU faculty or staff members are welcome to buy, but only students can receive the discount.
Courtesy Photos: Top photo: A Northern student spreads the word at the 2012 shoe event. Bottom photo: A Northern student painted birds and flowers on a pair of TOMS shoes at the 2012 event.