Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Shoes are a basic human need. When poverty or disaster strikes, people often think immediately about the suffering caused by a lack of clothing, but the pain of not having the protection of a decent pair of shoes can be overlooked. Enter Soles4Souls, a charity that collects new and used shoes for distribution in places struck by tragedy and disaster around the world. At Allen Edmonds, we’re pleased to have been a partner with Soles4Souls for years, holding an annual collection in our stores and making donations from our factory.

This year, when the need is so immense, we’re dedicating our annual Soles4Souls event to the victims of the Haiti earthquake. Just bring a pair (or more!) of still-wearable shoes into one of our stores and we’ll make sure they get to Soles4Soles, who’ll then make sure they get to Haiti. As a thank you to you for helping us help this great organization, we offer a $35 discount on a purchase of a pair of new shoes through March 14th.

America has always led the way in helping others in times of tragedy around the world. Normally, our stores do this shoe collection event in the fall, but we moved it up to March to help meet the incredible need in Haiti. Soles4Souls, which was founded in the immediate aftermath of the 2004 Asian tsunami, has already distributed over 7 million pairs of shoes to people in need. An incredible track record.

Supporting charities and the greater good is something we know Allen Edmonds Men do every day at an exemplary level, often in key leadership positions. We’re extremely proud to be the shoe of choice for countless men who give back so much. We consider it an honor to be associated with you.

Our company’s thanks and my personal thanks to all who help us collect shoes for Soles4Souls and the victims of the devastation in Haiti.

Best wishes,

Paul D. Grangaard
President & CEO
Allen Edmonds Shoe Corporation