Friday, December 23, 2011

TOMS Shoes

I like shoes. Have I mentioned that?
You are getting to know a lot about me…first I tell you a bunch of things in the “Getting to Know Me” post, then the travel, and now shoes. I don’t know if this is fair.
The problem I have is this – I like shoes, therefore, I buy shoes. That might not seem like a huge problem, that is, until your closet looks like mine and you have them in multiple locations in your house.
Or until you accidentally wear 2 different similar looking shoes that happen to be different colors. Yep – I’ve done that. I am not proud to say that. And want to know what made it worse? I wore them to work that way. Needless to say I kept my feet under my desk for more than a majority of the day! J
Here are today’s – and yes, they match!

I wish I could say that every pair of shoes I own have helped someone, but I can tell you that they most likely haven’t. Unless you count the fact that they are cute and may have brightened someone’s day by looking at them…oh wait, I don’t count for that, do I? Oh well, I tried!
But the next pair that I am going to buy are these:
And I have to admit – I think I really need this hoodie! 

I am the same person that is still wearing my gray hoodie from college to the gym…what can I say – it is so comfy!
The shoes and the hoodie are both from TOMS.
I love this company! For every pair of shoes that are bought they donate a pair to a child in need.
“TOMS – With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One”.  The same goes for the hoodie – they will donate a pair of shoes with each one that is purchased.
In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One. Blake returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends and staff later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by TOMS customers.”
I think it is pretty amazing that a company does something like this. So next time you are looking to buy a new pair of shoes, stop by and maybe you will see something you like and you can help put shoes on someone else’s feet at the same time.

 Some extra info:

Why Shoes?

Many children in developing countries grow up barefoot. Whether at play, doing chores or going to school, these children are at risk:
•A leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted diseases, which can penetrate the skin through bare feet. Wearing shoes can help prevent these diseases, and the long-term physical and cognitive harm they cause.
•Wearing shoes also prevents feet from getting cuts and sores. Not only are these injuries painful, they also are dangerous when wounds become infected.
•Many times children can't attend school barefoot because shoes are a required part of their uniform. If they don't have shoes, they don't go to school. If they don't receive an education, they don't have the opportunity to realize their potential.”

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