RED Hearts: One Day Without Shoes

RED Hearts are guests posts on I Heart Daily from the authors of RED: Teenage Girls in America Write On What Fires Up Their Lives Today. Today's RED Hearts post is from Zulay Regalado, 21,reporting from Miami, Florida, who writes about why you shouldn't wear shoes today.

Please, make yourself comfortable. Take off your shoes. This is definitely the day to do so -- and for a bigger purpose, even, than making sure your toes touch spring. Today’s the first-ever One Day Without Shoes, launched by Toms Shoes, a cool company that gives a pair of new shoes to a child in need for every pair they sell.

All it takes to spread awareness about the millions of kids around the world who live without proper footwear is to go barefoot for a bit. By shedding your shoes, you’re shedding light on the many hardships these children face daily.

And now there is a new movement called Toms For Proms. More than 33 high schools from across the country and over 2,900 students are forgoing the pain of walking 16 blocks in wobbly, zirconia-studded heels for a pair of Toms. To glam up a dream dress, these Silver Glitters Toms are the perfect mix of formal and eco-flair. Comfort and style.

Kick off your shoes today or wear a pair of Toms to prom and every step on that dance floor takes on new meaning. Even the Jonas Brothers are doing it.

RED Hearts guest poster Zulay Regalado is an author of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today, which is now available in paperback.