In case the actual logic of why sending shoes to Haiti (or anywhere) is a bad idea doesn’t appeal to you, how about this: They already have shoes in Haiti.
I’ve lost track of the number of street sellers I’ve seen in the past two days with rows and rows of brand-spanking-new Nike, Adidas and Converse sneakers for sale along the streets of Port au Prince. True, they might be fake. But they’re still shoes.
Heck, even some random woman out the car window has a tub full of shoes on her head.
Enough with the shoes already…
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UPDATE: 11 March, 2010
Apparently selling tubs full of new shoes is one of the micro-enterprises of choice among little old ladies in Port-au-Prince.
A new pair can cost as little as US $2.00.
When you donate $5.00 for one pair of shoes you’re paying for a lot of, you know… overhead.
And when you support giving shoes away, you help to put those little old ladies out of work…
So maybe we could stop sending shoes to Haiti?