Long-time “green” retailer’s 21st Thanksgiving Shoe Drive



Richard Polk

Pedestrian Shops

Phone: 303.641.8639


Long-time “green” retailer’s 21st Thanksgiving Shoe Drive

Boulder, CO ““ Nov. 9, 2009 ““ In celebration of Thanksgiving, Boulder’s Pedestrian Shops are asking customers to donate shoes they no longer wear, to help people in need. They may bring new or slightly used shoes to the Pedestrian Shops between Friday, Nov. 13 and Sunday, Dec. 6. As an incentive for a used shoe donation, Pedestrian offers a 10 percent discount on a shoe purchase. However, no purchase is required to donate shoes.

Pedestrian gives the used shoes to local assistance organizations. This is the store’s 42nd shoe drive; it also conducts a drive each April as part of its Earth Day celebration. In 21 years of twice-yearly shoe drives, the Pedestrian Shops have collected more than 35,000 pairs for reuse by people in need.

The Pedestrian Shops’ “green business” practices also include operation of a 10 kW photovoltaic solar array that generates energy equal to half of the electricity used at its headquarters on Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall.

“We plan to keep increasing our energy generation while decreasing our energy consumption until we are the first retailer in the world to sell shoes without leaving a carbon footprint,” said Pedestrian’s owner Richard Polk.

The Pedestrian Shops have been a locally owned family business in Boulder, Colorado, for 40 years. Pedestrian operates two Boulder stores, as well as the website www.comfortableshoes.com, where additional information can be found.

The Pedestrian Shops sell the world’s most comfortable brands of shoes and encourage customers to enjoy life and take a walk.

On the Downtown Boulder Mall: 1425 Pearl Street, Boulder, Colorado

In the Village: Facing Folsom between Arapahoe and Canyon Boulevard, Boulder, Colorado