Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Shoe-be, shoe-be, do: Country starlet Kellie Pickler wants your shoes, New York City

When country-newcomer Kellie Pickler sang her way to the top of the charts with “Red High Heels,” a tune about kicking her no-good man to the curb and then donning her favorite shoes for a night out on the town, the feel-good sentiment about shoes was for real.

That is, the former American Idol contestant-turned-country starlet really digs shoes, and that said, she wants everyone to have at least one good pair.

Growing up, Pickler's socio-economic status was modest at best, she has shared, and while these days she can afford to shoe shop--one of her favorite pastimes, by the way--at high-end retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue, she understands what it's like to go without life's basics, including decent footwear.

With that, Kellie will continue her support of Soles4Souls on Thursday, Aug. 27, by joining with Ladies’ Home Journal to collect new and gently worn shoes before her show at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. The drop point for the shoes will be located at entrance to the Garden and will be open 5–9 p.m.

“I love shoes, but they are more than just a fashion statement," Pickler says, "they are a necessity and not everyone has access to them because of financial reasons or natural disaster."

As for her work on behalf of the Nashville-based Soles4Souls, which collects and distributes free footwear to people in need around the world, "Whatever the situation, Soles4Souls is there to help and I’m glad to lend my support," she adds. "Thanks to the wonderful people from Ladies’ Home Journal who are volunteering their time to come out and collect the shoes that people are giving.”

Pickler's upcoming performance in the Big Apple finds her joining her gal pal, Taylor Swift, on the latter's Fearless Tour for a sold-out show at the Garden. The pair wrote Pickler’s last single, “Best Days Of Your Life,” which has sold more than 700,000 digital downloads and peaked inside the top 10 on the country charts.

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