Here's a great list of charities that give back through the purchase of shoes.
Kenneth Cole Midnight Rain Rubber Rain Boot- It's not really a heel, but they remind me of crocodiles, and 100% of the net profit goes to the AWARENESS Fund, in partnership with amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research). So you can keep your feet dry, look good, and help a worthy cause.
Soles4Souls- Soles4Souls is a collects shoes from the warehouses of footwear companies and the closets of people. The charity distributes these shoes free of charge to people in need, regardless of race, religion, class, or any other criteria. Since 2005, Soles4Souls has given away over 10 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes (currently donating one pair every 9 seconds.)
Sseko Designs- If you like a little bit of philanthropy with your sandals, then check out Sseko Designs. Sseko Designs hires women who have recently graduated from secondary school in Uganda and brings them together for a nine month period between school and university to live and work together, while earning money that will go directly towards their university education. They will go on to be doctors, lawyers, politicians, writers and teachers that will bring change and unification to a country divided and ravished by a 22 year-long war.
A Day Without Shoes: April 8. If flats and sneakers are your thing, TOMS gives a pair of new shoes for every pair purchased.
If you have a favorite shoe charity or would like to submit your charity for consideration, feel free to email it to me.