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Genesco’s Mario Gallione (president of its Journeys division) helps fit students at Nashville’s Park Avenue Elementary with new shoes. On Friday, Dec. 14, 200 employees from Genesco set up a mock shoe store and fitted app. 400 students with new shoes and a warm hat for the holidays as part of its 29th annual “Cold Feet, Warm Shoes” community outreach event. Photo credit: Gregory Byerline

New Shoes for Students at “Cold Feet, Warm Shoes”

Kick off season of giving with watching kids receive holiday joy.

As the holiday season approaches, Genesco Inc. is hosting its 31st annual Cold Feet, Warm Shoes (CFWS) event that gifts brand new shoes and other warm weather accessories to local school children. The event will be held on Friday, December 9 at Park Avenue Elementary School.

After a pandemic pause, the Cold Feet, Warm Shoes volunteer event is back in full swing with 225 Genesco employees signed up to set up a mock shoe store in the school’s gym to help measure and fit shoes, socks, and hats for approximately 350 students as they head into the holiday break. Students will also have the opportunity to walk a real live red carpet in their new gear. 

In addition, 100 extra pairs of shoes along with socks and hats will be donated to the school’s resource closet. Healthy snacks will also be provided.

NOTE: This event is not open to the public. For more information, visit 

Event details

  • Friday, December 9, 2022 
  • 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Park Avenue Elementary School
  • 3703 Park Avenue, Nashville, TN 37209 


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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.