Blake Ehlers emerges from the water at the begining of a barefoot water ski run at Lake Austin in 2004. Jay Janner/American-Statesman


Have you put your shoes on yet?

If not, take a moment and do a happy dance. It’s National Go Barefoot Day.

The non-profit organization Soles4Souls drummed up the designation to encourage people to donate shoes to victims of natural disasters. (You can donate at Austin-area Brighton stores at the Domain, Lakeline Mall and Barton Creek Square through July 2.)

A barefoot runner lines up for the Statesman Capitol 10, 000 race in this file photo. Laura Skelding/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN


In honor of the day, we offer 10 suggestions on how to celebrate:

Go barefoot running. Go surfing at nearby NLand Surf Park. Take your shoes off for yoga class. Take a footwear-free nap in an Austin-born Kammok. Get a pedicure. Dip your toes into the sand at Secret Beach. Go barefoot waterskiing. Swim naked at Barton Springs. Run across the Great Lawn at Zilker Park. Climb back in bed…

Going an estimated 50+ miles per hour, Blake Ehlers swings wide outside the wake on a turn and performs a barefoot water skiing trick called a “body slide” on Lake Austin in this 2004 file photo. Jay Janner/American-Statesman