“It’s really fun to have this beautiful tree full of comfortable shoes in the middle of our store,” said Richard Polk, owner of the Pedestrian Shops
Boulder, Colorado (PRWEB) November 09, 2011
This holiday season, the Pedestrian Shops shoe stores are once again helping neighbors in need. They are supporting Meals on Wheels of Boulder by participating in their Festival of Trees and holding their Thanksgiving shoe drive to collect footwear for the Deacon's Closet at First Presbyterian Church and other local assistance organizations.
The Pedestrian Shops will be raffling off their holiday Comfortable Shoe Tree, adorned with over $4,000 worth of footwear, socks, and accessories, as part of the Festival of Trees benefiting Meals on Wheels of Boulder. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $5 each on Meals on Wheels of Boulder's website, mowboulder.org, beginning November 19.
The tree's lucky winner will be able to choose any shoe style from Pedestrian's inventory, from each brand represented on the tree. Their winnings will include 35 pairs of shoes from Dansko, Keen, Merrell, Wolky, Ecco, Clarks, Acorn, Jambu, Kalso Earth, El Naturalista, Privo, Indigo, Earthies, Aravon, Blundstone, Tsubo, Pikolinos, New Balance, Crocs, Dr. Scholls, Birkenstock, UGG, Chaco, Teva, Sorel, Patagonia, and Vibram FiveFingers. The winner will also receive 18 pairs of socks from Smartwool and Goodhew, and handbags and accessories from Osgoode Marley, Haiku, Pepper's, and a BackJoy Back Orthotic.
This is the fifth year the Pedestrian Shops have participated in Meals on Wheels' Festival of Trees. However, this is the first year the event will be held in Downtown Boulder. “It’s really fun to have this beautiful tree full of comfortable shoes in the middle of our store,” said Richard Polk, owner of the Pedestrian Shops. Many Downtown merchants are participating and displaying their trees in their shops throughout the holiday season. Meals on Wheels will hold the drawing for each tree on December 16. The Pedestrian Shops' tree can be viewed at their Downtown location at 1425 Pearl St.
The Pedestrian Shops are also once again encouraging customers to bring a pair of new or slightly used shoes to either of their locations between November 18 and December 11 to donate to people in need. As always, a 10% discount will be provided to customers who donate shoes; however, a purchase is never required. Customers often use the discount to stock up on the Pedestrian’s most popular styles like the Dansko Professional clog.
For 23 years, Pedestrian has collected used shoes for distribution by local assistance organizations. This is the 46th shoe drive, as a second is held each April to celebrate Earth Day. The Pedestrian Shops have collected over 35,000 pairs of shoes for reuse by people in need. The Pedestrian Shops also support a wide variety of local schools and non-profits by donating over 60 gift cards per year to silent auctions and fundraisers.
The Pedestrian Shops began doing business shortly after the first Earth Day in 1970. Its first shop was located in a repurposed 1950s bookmobile. Its first bricks and mortar location was opened in 1971 in downtown Boulder, Colorado. Its humble roots are memorable for the story of its first store fixtures, carved from tree trunks; their first months of use required daily spraying for ants. Today, 41 years later, The Pedestrian has become widely regarded as one of the world's leading retailers of comfortable shoes, operating two Boulder, CO stores and a website, http://www.comfortableshoes.com.
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