With healthcare workers having to be on their feet for long periods of time, some shoe companies have decided to lend their support by supporting them literally from the ground up.
Crocs is giving out 10,000 free pairs of the rubber footwear a day, and will continue to do so as long as stocks are available. In an Instagram post on Friday (Mar 27), the company said there are "more than 400,000 people in line" and asked for "patience and understanding" as it keeps plugging away.
According to CNN, Crocs CEO Andrew Rees talked to healthcare workers over the past week and found out that many in the industry requested specifically for the company’s footwear.
“They specifically asked for our shoes in an effort to provide ease on their feet, as well as ease of mind as they need the ability to easily clean up before they go home to their families,” he said.
One of the advantages is that their design and the rubber-like material make them not just easy to wear but also easy to wash, which is especially pertinent amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Another company that’s supporting healthcare workers in the US with free shoes is Allbirds. In a post on Instagram on Mar 21, the company wrote: “We want to thank you for being on the front lines and helping to keep our communities healthy. We appreciate and admire everything you are doing.”
In a follow-up post on Mar 25, the company said it'd given out US$500,000 (S$714,000) worth of shoes, and is now adding a “buy-one-give-one” option in the US as well as an option to donate a pair to a healthcare professional.