Former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos's infamous collection of shoes -- over 1,500 pairs, some never even worn once-- forever branded her an abomination when the revolution came a-knockin' in 1986.
Celeb shoes help a good cause.
Thursday, July 24 through Sunday,
July 27 FlatIron Crossing,
Thank your lucky loafers, then, for Buckner Orphan Care International's Shoes for Orphan Souls, a charity that has distributed over 700,000 pairs of shoes to underprivileged children in over 28 countries since 1999. Buckner partnered with regional mall operator Maycerich Company to continue shodding the shoeless, and now, for the second year, they're getting a little help from Tinseltown and the wide world of sports.
"We actually approach celebrities and ask them to donate signed shoes they've worn for a charity auction on eBay," says Chris Stallman, Marketing Manager for FlatIron Crossing in Broomfield. "To help promote it, we have a mall 'stop tour' in thirteen cities, with about thirty [pairs] that will actually be on auction from September 22 through October 7. No bidding will even start until then."
"I've been told that 95% percent of the shoes have actually been worn by the celebrities," Stallman notes. "Some of the shoes have even appeared in movies or television" -- such as Clint Eastwood's sneakers from Space Cowboys.
"We're collecting new or slightly worn shoes, shoelaces or even cash donations through August as part of the shoe-drive campaign to help out locally and around the world," Stallman says. "The more shoes, the better."