Fancy walking in a celeb's shoes? Thanks to the Small Steps charity you can bid for them while helping children out of poverty
Kate Moss, Emma Watson, Oprah Winfrey, Helena Christensen and Dita Von Teese 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.
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.’
The Small Steps Project #Celebrity ShoeAuction starts on 1 November.
To bid, visit smallstepsproject.org NOW.
Here are just some of the celebrities who have taken part
Chris Martin: ‘I love my colourful shoe collection, but not as much as I love Small Steps’
Mel C: ‘I adore these shoes and have had a lot of fun in them touring with Jools Holland! I hope they can raise lots of cash for this incredible charity.’
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.’