Ever dreamed of walking in a celeb's shoes? Quick, now's your chance to bid for them while helping children out of poverty
This year, Kate Moss, Emma Watson and Poppy Delevingne are just a handful of the celebrities who have stepped forward to donate their most treasured pair of shoes to be auctioned off for the Small Steps Project. With previous celebrity donors including Helena Christensen and Oprah Winfrey, this is an unmissable opportunity to get some celebrity-endorsed footwear.
The charity was founded by former showbiz journalist Amy Hanson, who quit her job to launch the charity after a life-changing visit to Cambodia seven years ago.
‘I had just turned 30 and was looking for something more meaningful to contribute in life,’ says Hanson. ‘After seeing so many homeless kids scavenging barefoot on rubbish dumps filled with broken glass and sharp objects on Cambodia’s largest landfill site, I was heartbroken and an idea just came to me. I thought, perhaps I could use the experience and contacts I have through my job to make a positive change to their lives.’
And from her bedroom in north London, the world’s biggest celebrity shoe auction was born.
Today, Amy spends her time travelling between various Small Steps projects in Nicaragua, Romania and Laos to oversee how the funds are spent. What began as just giving out shoes, has developed into providing children with what they need to make the small steps out of poverty and into education, breaking the crippling cycle of scavenging for survival.
‘Thousands of Manolos could have been gathering dust in celebrity wardrobes all over the world, but instead they’ve helped fund nurseries, mother and baby units, medical, nutrition and education programmes and really transform lives,’ says Hanson. ‘And we’re just getting started.’
Celebrities from all walks of life have been sharing their reasons for contributing to the project. Legendary fashion designer and eco-warrior Vivienne Westwood has voiced her backing for the Small Steps auction, saying, ‘I am proud and happy to be on board.’ Ed Sheeran added, ‘I am really proud to be able to support such a great charity that is not only close to the hearts of Glastonbury but to myself and the many artists that take a small step to help children with no shoes at all.’
The Small Steps Project #CelebrityShoeAuction runs until 21st November
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Here are just some of the celebrities who have taken part in previous years:
Kate Moss: ‘I’ve donated these mother of pearl heels because they are special and precious like the children that London charity Small Steps Project help. I love to support charities that are close the my heart and home.’
Natalie Portman: ‘These are vegan sneakers you can hike or play soccer or dance in – all my favourite activities.’
Sienna Miller: ‘I am happy to be donating my shoes once again to such an amazing charity that really makes a world of a difference in the lives of less fortunate children and their families.’
Helen Christensen: ‘Small Steps is a wonderful organisation to be an ambassador for. I’ve been donating shoes for years. This year, I’m donating my favourite red Miu Miu heels.’