Boulder’s Pedestrian Shops, Patagonia and Center for Resource Conservation Team with Kids to Support Conservation with Earth Day Art Made from Used Shoes and Used Doors

A unique Earth Day collaboration has brought together the Pedestrian Shops shoe store of Boulder, the Center for Resource Conversation’s arts initiative featuring old doors and old shoes, and a national shoe brand, Patagonia. Add some enthusiastic middle-schoolers who’ve worked on art for the store’s windows, and the excitement begins!

Boulder, Colorado (PRWEB) April 20, 2012

In celebration of Earth Day next week, the windows of Boulder’s Pedestrian Shops are filled with BOLD Doors, an arts project featuring old doors decorated with, in this case, old shoes.

The custom-built doors are part of a Center for Resource Conservation arts initiative using old doors that would otherwise be discarded. Ashleigh Hitchcock and Leslie Whiteside, the Scrapsisters, crafts artists who create art with found objects, worked on the doors with students from Casey Middle School.

Casey students helped install a door adorned with all sorts of yellow shoes, including Crocs, in the window at Pedestrian Shops’ downtown store.

Pedestrian Shops, a locally owned downtown Boulder business, specializing in comfort walking footwear for more than 41 years, is celebrating its Earth Day Shoe Drive in collaboration with Boulder-based CRC and Patagonia footwear.

Customers are urged to bring used shoes to the Pedestrian Shops from April 9 to April 23. Pedestrian will donate 5 percent of any purchase made by a shoe donor to the CRC, supporting conservation programs along Colorado’s Front Range that focus on waste reduction and energy and water conservation.

In addition, Patagonia footwear will donate $10 to the CRC for every pair of Patagonia shoes purchased at the Pedestrian Shops or its web site comfortableshoes.com between April 9 and April 23.

For more than two decades Pedestrian’s two annual shoe drives, commemorating Earth Day in the spring and Thanksgiving in the fall, have turned more than 35,000 pairs of old shoes into a commitment to resource conservation.

The donated shoes will help two locally based nonprofits:

– Running and athletic shoes in good condition will go to less developed countries through One World Running, founded in 1986 by local runner and writer Mike Sandrock, and those in poor condition will be turned into turf for playgrounds.
– Business and casual shoes will go to the Deacon’s Closet at First Presbyterian Church, for people transitioning into the workforce and in need of assistance.

“It’s a win-win for everyone,” said Richard Polk, president and co-founder of Pedestrian Shops. “We are delighted to help CRC in its efforts to conserve resources in the community.”

CRC also hosts its 10th Annual Earth Day 5K run/walk on Sunday, April 22, and will collect shoes at that event as well. Keith Frausto, CRC executive director, applauds the collaboration: “Kudos to Pedestrian Shops and Patagonia for collecting shoes and helping us celebrate Earth Day.”

The Pedestrian Shops is a longtime “green” retailer, since 2008 using a 10 KW solar array to generate nearly half the energy needs of its downtown store at 1425 Pearl St. Also that year, Pedestrian inaugurated a “closed door” policy, helping keep its carbon footprint to a minimum by closing the doors when air conditioning or heat is on. And Pedestrian follows numerous other practices that Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. See comfortableshoes.com/blog for more information.

The Pedestrian Shops is a locally owned family business operating two Boulder, Colorado stores, as well as the website comfortableshoes.com.

Downtown Boulder Mall: 1425 Pearl St., Boulder
The Village: Facing Folsom Street between Arapahoe Avenue and Canyon Boulevard, Boulder

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Larkin and Vienna D’Jay from Casey Middle School in Boulder help install doors decorated with shoes, part of the BOLD Doors project for Earth Day at the Pedestrian Shops on Pearl Street

Pedestrian Shops on 9News!

The Pedestrian Shops were featured on 9News as part of their coverage of the 35th Anniversary of the Pearl Street Mall! Check out the video below to see the story and to see our owner, Richard Polk, talking about our environmental policies and our special Earth Day promotion in conjunction with Patagonia Footwear’s Advocate Weeks. Our portion begins around the 4:00 mark: