Samuel Hubbard’s New “Freedom Shoe” to Benefit News Literacy in Schools

The “Freedom” line of women's footwear sports the First Amendment engraved on the sole of each shoe. For every pair purchased, Samuel Hubbard will donate $20 to the News Literacy Project.

Wear your support for the First Amendment—on your sole. 

The Samuel Hubbard Shoe Company has debuted a new “Freedom” line of footwear, which sports the First Amendment engraved on the sole of each shoe. For every pair of Freedom shoes purchased on, the company will donate $20 to the News Literacy Project (NLP) to support “The Sift,” a weekly newsletter with topical lessons on news literacy. 

Geared for women, the Freedom line features loafer, oxford, and ballet flat styles in several colors. The NLP promotion will last through March 2019 or until online sales generate $100,00 for the organization, a nonprofit that involves journalists and educators in helping students assess the news and other information. 

“At the News Literacy Project, we know the critical role that a free press plays as democracy’s watchdog, holding the powerful in government and the private sector accountable. That’s why a key goal of our programs is for students to understand and appreciate the First Amendment,” said Alan C. Miller, founder and CEO of the News Literacy Project, in a release. “We see the partnership with Samuel Hubbard as a perfect fit. Not only are the words of the First Amendment engraved on every sole, but also the proceeds from the sales will help expand our efforts to teach students what information to believe, share and act on.”

“The Sift” takes recent news stories and provides bulleted points for teaching critical thinking and discussion to help middle and high school students discern fact from fiction. A “viral rumor rundown,” appearing in each issue, provides a handy debunking resource—appropriate for news consumers of any age. 


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Kathy Ishizuka (, @kishizuka on Twitter) is the Executive Editor of School Library Journal.

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