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Local man walks barefoot for 365 days

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's a luxury many of us take for granted, shoes.
A Louisville man is kicking off his shoes for 365 days to raise money and awareness for people who don't have them. 

"The day it started was the day before it snowed, it was December 4th."

You could say Richard Hudgins' journey didn't exactly start off on the right foot.

"Just that first hour and a half, I was like no way I can't do this, there's no way," said Hudgins.

But then someone anonymously donated $5 to his cause and he was determined to go through with it. Now he's 47 days into his barefoot adventure.

"I'm really waiting for my feet to build up the tolerance, it hurts," said Hudgins.  

There's nothing easy about Richard's barefoot adventure, but the cause keeps him going.

Hudgins said, "Millions of children are without shoes and these kids are dying and having their limbs cut off just because they don't have anything to protect their feet."

Richard doesn't spend his days hibernating at home. He continues to work at Wild Hairz Salon, and even steps his bare feet in restaurants. 

"I haven't had any restrictions yet, all of these business have been extremely supportive I'm so happy to live in this town that we have these businesses who are absolutely fine with it," said Hudgins.

But not everyone is fine with it. Richard gets mixed reactions: a lot of laughs and a few bad looks.

Hudgins said, "It is very awkward and it's kind of humiliating in a way, I guess, I don't want it to be and I don't want to be humiliated because I know I'm doing it for a good cause."

He encourages people with questions to just ask. In the meantime, he's counting down his barefoot days. 

"As hard as it is, it's probably one of the best things that I've ever done," said Hudgins.

You can follow Richard's progress and donate to his cause on his website: www.noshoesforayear.com.

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