by Pete Forester
Giving back is never a crime. Let's start with that.
All donations, no matter their intention, are a wonderful thing. And as long as they don't perpetuate an apparatus of institutional need, they should be lauded and encouraged. But when it comes to helping the most amount of people possible in the most efficient way possible: you have to stop giving your sneakers away.
Famous, and semi-famous people, love to talk about giving back. That they're so #blessed that they want to spread it around. And this is a beautiful thing; respectable and generous. But giving a homeless person a pair of like-new Jays is a terrible way to do it. It’s a really great way to get a handful of articles on sneaker blogs and some very, very kind Instagram comments, but it makes the least amount of impact possible.
via Daily Mail
New shoes really do change lives. This is something I didn’t understand until I went to Haiti in January of 2013. That country was ravaged by an earthquake more than five years ago and they’re still digging their lives out of the rubble. There are shoeless all over the country, and it impacts each generation in different ways. Kids can’t attend school without the right shoes, which means they miss mea...