NASHVILLE, TN, May 30, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- June 1st has been officially proclaimed as National Go Barefoot Day. To honor that day the Nashville-based nonprofit Soles4Souls invites supporters around the globe to experience what it’s like to live just one day without shoes, during its annual #Barefoot4Them campaign.


Soles4Souls created #Barefoot4Them in order to raise awareness for the millions of people who live without access to proper footwear. All over the world, because of inadequate footwear, children are prevented from attending school, adults are unable to work and tens of millions are infected with soil-transmitted parasitic diseases like hookworm, which can cause lifelong debilitation and suffering.


Participating is easy—pledge your support by registering at On June 1st, commit to live just one day without shoes in honor of those who live everyday without. Contributors are encouraged to spread the word and raise awareness by posting their barefoot photos and experiences to social media by tagging @Soles4Souls while using the hashtags #Barefoot4Them and #NationalGoBarefootDay.


“Every year, for just one day, we ask people to go barefoot and live their lives without a pair of shoes,” says Soles4Souls’ President and CEO Buddy Teaster. “It’s amazing how just one day can have such a profound impact on those who participate. We hope by joining us for Barefoot4Them that people will develop a slightly better understanding of what millions go through on a daily basis.”


Join the movement and those who have already pledged their time and feet by visiting


To learn more about Soles4Souls mission or to get involved, visit


About Soles4Souls

Soles4Souls disrupts the cycle of poverty by creating sustainable jobs and providing relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, the organization repurposes product to supply its micro-enterprise, disaster relief and direct assistance programs. Since 2006, it has distributed more than 30 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries. A nonprofit social enterprise, Soles4Souls earns more than half of its income and commits 100% of donations to programs. Visit for more information.




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Brian Granfors