Happy Shoesday

Living Streets’ annual fundraising event

Where children and grown-ups wear the shoes that make them happiest, helping us create safer, more walkable streets for all.

Thanks to everyone who took part in Happy Shoesday 2018!


Walking to school

On Tuesday, 22 May 2018 thousands of children and grown-ups around the country wore their happy shoes. 


They all want the right to walk to school safely, with fewer traffic jams and less toxic fumes in the air. They will be taking part in our event; Happy Shoesday which encourages more children to walk to school and raises vital funds for our work. 

Happy Shoesday

Highlights from Happy Shoesday 2018

#HappyShoesday from South Wales 🕶

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Thanks to everyone who joined in this year!

By taking part in Happy Shoesday and Swapping the school run for a school walk, you too can help reduce the number of cars on the road.

With fewer cars at the school gates, your pupils can enjoy a happy, healthy and safer walk to school with fewer traffic jams, potential collisions and toxic air.

Why not sign up for next year’s event now, date TBC.

Register for 2019

What's happened to walking?

A generation ago, 70% of us walked to school – now it's just over half. Why have we engineered walking out of our lives? Some of the reasons include:

  • Towns and cities built to accommodate cars. 
  • Unsafe crossings.
  • Uneven pavements.
  • Congestion and overcrowding at school gates.
  • Air pollution.

With your help we can make streets safer for all and bring back a walking culture because the more we walk, the more our communities become friendlier, safer and nicer places to live.

Don’t forget to donate your funds to Living Streets at the end:


Send your cheque to us using the pre-paid addressed envelope enclosed. Cheques should be made payable to Living Streets. Don’t forget to include the paying slip, so we know who the cheque is from!



Happy Shoesday

Living Streets

4th Floor, Universal House,

88-94 Wentworth Street,


E1 7SA


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Not able to run Happy Shoesday on Tuesday, 22 May 2018?

No problem! All resources provided are undated so you can pick a day that best suits your school.



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You are my grubby soul
With me for my morning stroll
Wherever the journey goes
You are the home for my toes

You are the guardian of my feet
As I meander down the street
Where my head may look
You are the ones that keep me grounded

Whether a battered old talking shoe
Or something blue suede and new
To you, I'll always be true
I wouldn't get far without you

Ode to the Shoes, Archie Burden

For some lucky people every day is a shoesday...

Footwear Designer

Here's how every day is a Happy Shoesday for Hannah, a Footwear Designer.

Hannah Martinez

Theatre Shoemaker

Jessica is a shoe designer for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Jessica Smith, RSC

Shoe carer

Here's how every day is a Happy Shoesday for Derek, a shoe carer.