Ask any of the UDB team and they will tell you that you get through lots of pairs of shoes working for UDB. We place a high value on being out on the streets and as a result walk for miles! We want to meet young people where they are at and build relationships with them. We don't usually burn our shoes though!
Last night Amy and I were on Street Level chatting to some guys playing at the MUGA (Multi Use Games Area' to the initiated!) when one of them pointed out a small fire burning in a nearby carpark. Being of inquistive ilk we wandered over and saw that someone had started a fire between two large felled tree trunks. They had done a fairly good job but the fire was still small so I broke up the fire by kicking it whilst Amy fetched some water from the stream with a discarded bottle. Between us we put the fire out but our shoes bear the scars - mine have singed laces and blackened soles and Amy's are muddy from the stream bank! Other than that we had a great evening with the young people with some deep conversations.