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« on: April 13, 2011, 05:04:28 PM »

So this shoe company "Tom's Shoes" has pledged that, for every pair of shoes sold, they will donate a pair to a shoeless third-world child.  At first glance this seems like a generous humanitarian effort.  But as I started thinking about it, I thought: "this actually seems pretty stupid".  These kids grow up with no shoes which means not only do they have strong feet, ankles, tendons, etc., but they also probably have some awesome calusses which render shoes pretty much obsolete.  My point being that they likely don't need shoes and, given the data on barefoot running, they may actually be better off without them.  Not to mention that the likelihood of these kids recieving new shoes yearly is almost 0...so you get them used to a pair shoes and then they never get another pair of shoes again.  I certainly don't think Tom is a bad guy but don't you think that, overall, his idea is kinda stupid and not ultimately beneficial?  I can't help but think that if our society didn't require us to wear shoes, that I'd probably go most places barefoot.
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« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2011, 11:02:12 PM »

I think it's nice for people to have the option. Especially on cold nights. If they don't have shoes, they probably don't have the warmest homes and/or bed linens.
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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2011, 11:15:22 PM »

I can see where you're coming from, but then I think about the places that those people who can't afford shoes live.  They are not clean and orderly places.  Think about all those villages full of hovels and children who are so starving they have swollen bellies.  Think about the conditions of the "roads" and the ground surrounding those houses.  Would YOU want to risk walking barefoot there?  Those places are dirty and unsanitary and barefoot they probably run some pretty high health risks for things like hepatitis.  I see shoes for them as more of a health issue than an attempt to "move them into the future of non-barefooting".
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« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2011, 12:14:05 AM »

I agree with the post above mine...and have to also add that many of the places that don't have shoes (where Tom's shoes are going) have so many parasites...many of which are often acquired by walking on soil and ground infested by the parasites, and they get into the feet and into the bloodstream.  It's not about foot health, it's about overall health.  We live in a place where most of us have the luxury of ground that is safe and fun to walk on barefoot...when we feel like it.  That for me is the key part.  For us, it's a choice - for them, not so much.
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« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2011, 08:33:35 AM »

I will add that Tom's Shoes are not overly padded/supported but rather more minimalist reminiscent of Sanuks.  There is a mild arch support in them, but as far as shoes go, at least they aren't name brand foot-coffins.  VFFs would be better, but I don't see Vibram joining Tom any time soon.
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« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2011, 09:22:46 AM »

TOMS shoes was founded by a guy named Blake MyCoskie. TOMS is just the name. There is no real Tom. He started the company because he saw a need. TOMS is working to prevent foot diseases that can kill people in the countries they deliver to. There is a disease called podoconiosis that people get from walking barefoot that is very prevalent in some of these countries TOMS is delivering to. So to answer your question, I don't think that their idea is stupid and I think what they are doing is very beneficial.
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