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National Wiggle Your Toes Day – August 6, 2024

National Wiggle Your Toes Day is celebrated on August 6 every year. Simply put, it’s a fun day for you to show off your digits. Let your toes breathe in open sandals and indulge in some public wiggling adventures on this day. Admittedly, our toes don’t get the attention that they deserve. Nevertheless, these tiny appendages are responsible for helping us stand straight, provide gripping, and help us walk effortlessly. Why not go the extra mile this holiday and indulge in a pedicure to make your toe-wiggling adventures extra glamorous?

History of National Wiggle Your Toes Day

There seems to be no real information on who, how, or when National Wiggle Your Toes Day came into existence. What we do know is that it’s a fun holiday where all you have to do is relax and wiggle your toes with your like-minded friends. The easiest way to celebrate the day is by simply letting your ten little piggies see the light of day.

When we mention the words ‘little piggy,’ most of us will automatically think of the nursery rhyme that is typically used to play with a toddler’s toes and teach them how to count.

The nursery rhyme dates back to 1728 and has entertained toddlers for centuries. The poem, ‘Ten Little Piggies,’ first featured in a medley known as “The Nurses’ Song.” The first full version was published in 1760 in a book titled “The Famous Tommy Thumb’s Little Story-Book.” The first copies of this book were sold in London. If you have never used this nursery rhyme with your children before, then today is the perfect day for you to do so. It is one of the best-loved nursery rhymes and children remember it long after they have grown up. There are a few modern versions of the poem too, but they aren’t as popular as the original one.

National Wiggle Your Toes Day timeline

8000 B.C.
The First Shoes

The earliest known shoes are sandals made of sagebrush bark.

3000 B.C.
The First Nailpolish

The first nail polish emerges in China and consists of egg whites, gelatin, and vegetable dyes.

Nail Clippers are Invented

Modern-day nail clippers are invented by David Gestetner.


Crocs revolutionize the foam clog market with its footwear.

National Wiggle Your Toes Day FAQs

What does wiggling your toes do?

You should wiggle your toes frequently as it can strengthen your feet and toes to decrease injury risk.

Is it normal to separate your toes?

If you can wiggle, spread, and bend your toes you probably have a good sense of balance.

Can you still wiggle your toes with a broken foot?

Compound fractures are severe and require immediate medical attention. If you can’t figure out if anything is broken, wiggle your toes. If doing so happens to be difficult or painful, you may have a broken foot.

National Wiggle Your Toes Day Activities

  1. Wiggle your toes

    Wiggle your toes on National Wiggle Your Toes Day. Shoot a video or make a GIF of you wiggling your toes and then post it on your social media.

  2. Walk barefoot

    When was the last time you walked barefoot on the beach or the grass? National Wiggle Your Toes Day is the perfect day to let your toes breathe.

  3. Buy yourself a new pair of socks

    Not a big fan of walking barefoot? No worries. Buy yourself a pair of funky socks today. You can also treat your digits to a new shade of nail polish or even a pair of open-toe sandals.

5 Facts About Shoes That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. Sneakers were meant to be sneaky

    Sneakers had rubber soles so that you could move around soundlessly.

  2. Heels were originally designed for men

    In the 10th Century, high heels were originally designed for the Persian cavalry, in order to keep their feet secure in stirrups.

  3. U.S. women love their shoes

    A study by Reuters states that the average American woman owns 19 pairs of shoes.

  4. Shoes can be ridiculously expensive

    Dorothy’s ruby slippers from “The Wizard Of Oz” sold for a whopping $660,000.

  5. Queen Victoria pioneered footwear fashion

    The first women's boots, invented by J. Sparkes Hall, were created for Queen Victoria in 1837.

Why We Love National Wiggle Your Toes Day

  1. It’s a fun day

    . National Wiggle Your Toes Day allows us to indulge in some silly fun. You don’t have to do much to celebrate it either.

  2. A day to marvel at human anatomy

    Human anatomy is undoubtedly one of nature’s best creations. Take the day to admire how these tiny digits help us stand still and facilitate movement.

  3. A day to celebrate small joys

    Children especially love National Wiggle Your Toes Day. It teaches them to appreciate and enjoy the small things in life.

National Wiggle Your Toes Day dates

2024August 6Tuesday
2025August 6Wednesday
2026August 6Thursday
2027August 6Friday
2028August 6Sunday

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