Battle for the Boot is a shoe collection competition that supports the efforts of Shoeman Water Project in providing clean water to developing countries. Saint Louis University has competed in the competition for the past three years. Most recently, the St. Louis Higher Education Sustainability Consortium took on the challenge of coordinating Battle for the Boot.
What is Shoeman Water Project?
The Shoeman Water Projects sells the donated shoes by the pound to distributors who then send them to developing countries like Kenya, Afghanistan, Haiti, Panama, and Guatemala to sell affordable footwear. The Shoeman Water Project uses the revenue from the shoe sales to drill for wells and install pumps and purifiers for clean drinking water.