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Stories from the Frontline of the Footwear Industry

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

With 20.5 million jobs lost amid the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, the shoe industry continues to face severe cut backs as a staggering 60% of the industry, more than 100,000 people, have been laid off or furloughed.  Our team hears their stories every day.  The employees who helped our industry thrive are now … Read More

Two Ten Delivers Over $1 Million in Crisis Relief to Footwear Workers in Need

Monday, May 18, 2020

Originally written by Nikara Johns at  Footwear News on May 8, 2020. From bankruptcies to layoffs, it has been a trying few months for the footwear industry. And as April saw the worst monthly unemployment rate on record, with 20.5 million jobs lost amid the coronavirus crisis in the United States, the shoe business continues to face … Read More

On the Frontline for the Footwear Industry

Friday, May 1, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted so many lives in our footwear community.  Two Ten has been receiving applications for financial assistance at an unprecedented rate that is 10X greater than at any other point in our history. Thousands of footwear families are in difficult positions they never thought possible – and turning to the industry’s foundation for … Read More

Five Resources for Mental Wellbeing in the Time of COVID-19

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic presents unique challenges for all of us who are home bound and socially-distancing. However, this time also creates an opportunity to learn new skills for career development, personal satisfaction, and general well-being. Major universities such as Harvard and Brown, in addition to online platforms like Coursera, are offering free courses in subject matters ranging from computer programming … Read More

Because Footwear Cares

Thursday, April 23, 2020

For eight decades, Two Ten Footwear Foundation has been providing emergency financial assistance to US footwear employees and their families who are in crisis, ensuring a healthy future for the next generation of the footwear community and upholding our industry’s long-standing commitment to take care of each other. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected so many … Read More

Unprecedented times, unprecedented need.

Monday, April 6, 2020

We are not just an industry, we are a community. Our 80-year legacy is to take care of each other, especially in hard times. Now, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Two Ten is experiencing 10X the number of emergency financial assistance applications since the beginning of March and doesn’t show any signs of slowing. This dramatic … Read More

The Volunteering Tipping Point

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Tom Vernarsky and his team at Shoe Carnival in Evansville, IN, started with one house.  Over nine years later, he’s built entire neighborhoods. Tom, recently retired from Shoe Carnival, has been involved with Habitat for Humanity for nearly a decade and over that time he and his crew have helped build 53 houses.  For 2020, … Read More

“There Are Still Good People In This World”

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

In 2019, Payless Shoes closed all of its 2,000 stores and cut 16,000 jobs. The fallout was difficult for their employees, as the benefits and pay they depended on literally disappeared. Since Payless’ closure in June 2019, hundreds of former Payless employees have reached out to Two Ten for assistance – with more continuing to … Read More