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The Power of Shoes: Fighting Against Domestic Violence

We believe that the power of shoes is in the steps we take to create a positive impact in our society. Shoes are what carry us to most places, and they protect our feet throughout our journeys as we search for direction. Recognizing where we are is the first step to finding our way.

Our team at The Power of Shoes aims to make a difference through our footwear. We always remember that we are:

Stepping Up to Make a Difference
Helping Hands Reaching Out
Organizing and Championing Change
Engaging and Educating About Abuse
Shouting to the World, “Let’s End the Cycle of Abuse!”

Through our initiatives, we combine fun, fashion, creativity, and inspiration to show support for the victims of abuse. We believe that everyone deserves to feel:

Special Worthy Wanted Loved Secure (SWWLS)

“Be kinder than necessary because everyone we meet is fighting some kind of battle.”

–J.M. Barrie

About Us

Lived It – Left It – Learned From It…Now Learning to Help Others

The Power of Shoes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that focuses on making a measurable difference in the fight to end abuse and in the lives of those affected. Through our various networking and social events, Society of Women Who LOVE Shoes and My Storybook Shoes, we raise awareness and promote change for victims, survivors, and their families.

Our Founder’s Story

Our company modestly began as Society of Women Who LOVE Shoes. Diane Samoff, our founder and CEO, established the organization in 2005.

After enduring years of domestic violence during her first marriage, Dianne finally escaped the cycle of abuse. When she got out of her abusive relationship, she was given a suit and a pair of red heels to wear to a job interview. These clothes gave her a sense of pride and hope, knowing that she was moving forward into a better future.

Since then, Dianne has felt the need to inspire others who have gone through similar experiences. She then created a charity that brings hope and a renewed sense of self-esteem to victims of abuse.

Dianne has made it her life goal to help raise awareness and become an advocate for ending the tolerance of abuse. While collecting and donating new and slightly used shoes and clothing is only a small part of our initiatives, these items are what bring us all together. We view shoes as a reminder that taking a step towards something is how changes happen.

Since our inception, The Power of Shoes has established several chapters of the Society of Women Who LOVE Shoes around the country. We have also expanded our scope and focus to include abused children through My Storybook Shoes.

“We all know that when a woman feels like a woman, there is POWER!

–Dianne Samoff, Founder

Some Facts About Domestic Abuse

  • One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. (National Institute of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • The cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $5.8 billion each year, $4.1 billion of which is for direct medical and mental health services. (U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics)
  • Children from homes characterized by such violence are five to seven times more likely to experience significant psychological problems relative to children in the general population.

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