5 Charities That Help Shoe Lovers Put Their Best Foot Forward

The holiday season inspires a giving spirit in a lot of us. However, figuring out where your time, treasure or talents will make the most of a difference can be difficult, especially with the overwhelming number of deserving charities.

Fashion fans can connect with these style-focused charities this holiday season.


Dress for Success is a global non-profit that focuses on empowering women to achieve economic independence. They provide a “network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.”

We have worked with Dress for Success PNW and love to hear about the opportunities local women receive through their work! Dress for Success has been around for thirty years and has helped nearly one million women in 28 countries and 150 cities.

Their Oregon chapter is wonderful- find out how you can best help with their 7 Ways to Get Involved. 


Shoes That Fit is a non-profit organization founded in California in the early 1990s. Over the past 25 years, they have worked to “provide children in need with new athletic shoes to attend school with dignity and joy, prepared to learn, play and thrive.” They have provided over 1.7 million pairs of brand-new shoes to children across the country, and they continue to grow. Read about their mission, process and how you can be a part of it at https://www.shoesthatfit.org.

Scored a 95.66 / 100 on Chariy Navigator



Sal’s Shoes is a UK-based nonprofit that collects and distributes shoes to children in need all over the world. It began as a grassroots movement and has grown tremendously in the past few years. They have already donated hundreds of thousands of pairs shoes. Find out more at http://www.salsshoes.com/




Soles 4 Souls is a great charity based out of Nashville, Tenn. Their mission is to create “sustainable jobs and [provide] relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world.” They are a totally transparent non-profit, which means you can find out about their efforts and financial statements on their website. Visit https://soles4souls.org/ to discover how you can get involved.

Scored a 90.27 / 100 on Charity Navigator


Andre McDonell began this small non-profit in New York in 2012. After five years receiving, refurbishing and distributing shoes on his own to the New York homeless population, Mcdonell has now distributed over 17,000 pairs of shoes all over the country, as well as in Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean.

It’s From The Sole has received coverage from CNN, NBC, The Times Herald, Adidas, New Balance, and many more. Learn how you can help by visiting http://www.itsfromthesole.org/

How to Make Your High Heels Hurt Less

Three Steps to Tip-Top Foot Care

You’re shopping at a cute boutique or vintage shop. You spot the perfect pair of heels. Maybe they’re a neutral perfect for any outfit. Or they’re bright, with fringe, tassels, cutouts, maybe the perfect print… either way, you want, no need, no MUST have them.

And yet, when you slip them on to give em a try, you know they’re going to take a very uncomfortable wear or two to break in. Blisters and chafing are definitely likely before they fit your feet perfectly.

So you’re left with a choice: sacrifice comfort to pull off your dream outfit or pass on the shoes, choose something more sensible and leave your digs a little drab.

We’ve all been there, but it doesn’t need to stay that way. Use the tips below to make heels hurt less and keep your feet healthy! 

1. Get your feet ready before you get dressed.

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By applying FootGloss all-natural foot prep to the back of your heels, the sides of your toes and your other hot-spot foot areas, you can prevent the friction that often comes with breaking in a new pair of heels. With no parabens, petroleum or fragrance, it’s a safe way to protect both your feet and your shoes. It is colorless and won’t damage shoes, even if they’re a high-quality material like suede or satin. 

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Moisturizing your feet regularly also helps eliminate old skin that adds to chafing. Once a week, soak your feet in an epsom salt bath or with other minerals to enrich your skin. If you’re regularly on your feet, moisturize them daily- it’s easiest to go to bed with heavier socks on over lotion, then let it absorb all night.

2. Know your feet.

Credit: upandrunning.co.uk

Many women don’t realize that your feet can grow when you’re older, but they can! If your old shoes are not fitting like they used to or you’re having trouble finding shoes that fit true to size, consider getting your feet measured at a shoe store.

Your arch type and size is also often overlooked when purchasing heels. To see how high your arch is, try the footprint test. Get a piece of paper (heavier-duty construction paper is best), then wet your foot and make a footprint.

The more narrow the print between the heel imprint and ball of your foot, the lower your arch- see the photo above. People with higher arches should allow for more flexibility in their shoes and also realize they are likely to experience supination or under pronation, or walking on the outside of your feet. If that’s the case, choose a wider heel to balance the weight distribution of your feet in high heels.

Heel fans with lower arches or flat feet will most likely practice overpronation, meaning walking too heavily on the inside of your feet. You should aim for lower heels or shoes with a platform, which minimizes the height difference between the ball and heel of your foot. 

3. Take breaks and stretch!

Source: Livestrong.com

Extending your ankles and toes throughout wearing heels can keep you comfy all day or night, rather than having to pop your shoes off once you reach the dance floor. If you wear heels to work, slip them off at your desk or on your break. Try these stretches the morning before you put on heels or after a long day on your feet.

Do you have any secret tips for feeling stylish and at ease in heels? Comment below or share on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with #footgloss.