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.


Walking to school

Register for Happy shoesday 2019

Take part in Happy Shoesday 2019 and Swap the school run for a school walk! By taking part, your school can reduce congestion and pollution around school gates, while raising vital funds for our charitable work to create safer streets.

This year we are offering your school the option of two dates to choose from: 

  • Tuesday, 21 May
  • Tuesday, 1 October

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.

Register your school

Happy Shoesday

During last Happy Shoesday, 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. 

thank you

Your participation, support and donations are invaluable to us! We want to shout a massive thank you to all the schools who took part in 2018, helping us raise over £25K for our charitable work to create safer streets.

How your fundraising helps

Doing a school route audit with Living Streets

A school route audit in Gloucestershire

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Highlights from Happy Shoesday 2018

#HappyShoesday from South Wales 🕶

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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.

After the event, don’t forget to donate your funds to Living Streets:


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


BACS transfer

Send your money to us via bank transfer/deposit.

A bank paying slip has been enclosed.



Sort Code 60-00-01

Account number 45741905

2018 Terms and conditions

Not able to run Happy Shoesday in May this year?
No problem! We are offering school the option of an alternative date in October. 

If your school is unable to join the fun on the two specific dates suggested, that is fine too! All resources provided are undated so you can pick a day that best suits your school.

Find the link at the top of this page to register your school's participation.



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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.