Over 300 million children worldwide are without shoes.
Shoes help prevent the spread of parasitic diseases that plague over 1.4 billion people worldwide.
Shoes are very often considered a required part of the school uniform in developing countries, and without shoes, many children are unable to attend school.
Many serious health conditions can be absorbed through the feet, even through the toughest soles. As the skin on the bottom of the feet toughens and thickens, large cracks can form, which allows parasitic infections such as hookworm and threadworm to penetrate the skin. In addition, constant cuts and scrapes to the feet and ankles frequently become infected and many of these infections can lead to ulcers and worse.