10 ways to celebrate National Go Barefoot Day

Blake Ehlers emerges from the water at the begining of a barefoot water ski run at Lake Austin in 2004. Jay Janner/American-Statesman


Have you put your shoes on yet?

If not, take a moment and do a happy dance. It’s National Go Barefoot Day.

The non-profit organization Soles4Souls drummed up the designation to encourage people to donate shoes to victims of natural disasters. (You can donate at Austin-area Brighton stores at the Domain, Lakeline Mall and Barton Creek Square through July 2.)

A barefoot runner lines up for the Statesman Capitol 10, 000 race in this file photo. Laura Skelding/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN


In honor of the day, we offer 10 suggestions on how to celebrate:

Going an estimated 50+ miles per hour, Blake Ehlers swings wide outside the wake on a turn and performs a barefoot water skiing trick called a “body slide” on Lake Austin in this 2004 file photo. Jay Janner/American-Statesman


Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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