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The Prize

Patti Smith is an American singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist who became a highly influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses. Patti is known for her hit ”Because the Night” and her memoir Just Kids. She is called a ”Punk Poet Laureate."

This is the second time Patti has donating to Small Steps Project. In 2015, she donated a pair of Henry Cuir boots on which she wrote “People have the Power” and also a signed poem she wrote and read to the Dalai Lama at Glastonbury 2015, her set list and some magical stones.

This year, she has donated her Jimmy Choo ankle boots, EU size 39, which are both signed inside and have her favourite quote, “People have the power." She also donated a signed copy of her book M Train.


  • Jimmy Choo black ankle boots
  • EU 39
  • "People have the power" on black pen on sides of left shoe, and blue signature inside of both shoes.


(Photo Credit: I Heart Studios)

The Cause

Small Steps Project is a UK charity that wants to inspire everyone to take a small step, because together it is possible to make a difference.

From people volunteering their skills and attending their events, to companies donating their products and services, Small Steps raises funds that go to those who need it most. First, they provide emergency aid, shoes and food to children and communities living on municipal rubbish dumps around the world. Then they provide support for children to take steps into education, and adults into employment.

They deliver their projects in two phases. In the first phase they deliver emergency aid distribution projects, providing items that will protect people from the immediate dangers on rubbish dumps—from shoes, gloves and clothing to mosquito nets, food and water. This enables them to establish the demographics of the dump and devise and implement the second phase of sustainable projects that aims to reduce the time children spend on dumps and support them in taking small steps into education.

Small Steps Project makes documentary films and organises campaigns, such as Celebrity Shoe Auctions, to boost awareness and raise funds for this huge, but often overlooked, global situation.

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