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