So if you know me, you know my guilty pleasure is buying shoes. If I find a style I like I buy them in every color and slight style changes that I can possibly find. I admit, yes, I am a supporter of Nike, and yes I know there is always a large controversy about the mistreating of employees (mainly children) in third world countries; this I do not support. I have a weakness for Sperry's and Eliza B., minnetonka's and moonboots but now I have decided that I am going to have a new pleasure that I can proudly say I don't have to feel guilt for after a purchase of these new kicks.
Perhaps you have heard of "TOMS shoes"? I am sure that you have seen the commercial on TV about a man from the company needing service through AT&T where ever he goes in order to make sure that communication is running smoothly throughout this new evolutionary company. You know the one I am talking about? Well, TOMS are now my new shoe buying pleasure. Okay, so you are probably being like "do you really need another pair of shoes!?!?", yes I do, and these like I said I can justify!
TOMS is a company which was created for everyone that becomes a part of their "movement" benefit from. You purchase a pair of shoes from them (which run $40- $70) and another pair is donated to a child in need; sometimes we look past our own country and do not realize how fortunate we our to have the luxury to go to a story and buy shoes, or in many cases have the access to Internet to purchase items. Last year TOMS did a shoe drop in Baton Rouge, LA (there is a great album on their website) and it makes you realize that we put a lot of focus on specifically 3rd world countries and do not realize the poverty and need of children here in our own country. TOMS actually does do drops in Argentina and other parts of the world. My goal is to save up enough money to go to do a shoe drop in Argentina before I graduate. I want to be able to see the happy look on the children's faces; I want to realize how fortunate I am for the items I have, perhaps this experience will make me realize the unnecessary need for material items which I find myself submerged into sometimes. I also would like to do their "vagabond tour", I know that when you get out of school you should use the degree which was A) expensive B) time consuming C) gained to get a good job but before I do any of job sorting out I need to find myself first. For around the last 16 years (17 once I graduate next spring) all I will know is school. Start classes in late August go to December, small break, back to school in January finish up in May and then enjoy a leisure 3+ months off from the grind of education. Granted, I guess you are to use those 3 months off to experience the real world, you really won't and can't. You are told to enjoy college and being in your 20's but the decisions that you make during these years are vital to your future, honestly this hasn't hit home with me until this month. I know that I am supposed to make a change, help someone, realize how fortunate I have been; so this is what I want to do...I want to be involved in a movement such as TOMS.
-"Since our beginning in May 2006, TOMS has given over 140,000 (As of April 2009) pairs of shoes to children in need through the purchases of caring customers. Because of your support, TOMS plans to give over 300,000 pairs of shoes to children in need around the world in 2009."
-"TOMS shoes was founded on a simple premise: for every pair purchased, TOMS will give a pair of shoes to a child in need. One for one. Using the purchase power of individuals to benefit the greater good is what we are all about".
TOMS has amazing pattens and solid colors. They have shoes for the summer, and some with cozy liners for the colder seasons, they have wrap boots, they have canvas shoes, they have vegan shoes they have EVERYTHING! There is no way that you cannot leave the site without seeing something that touches everyone's taste.
So next time you are looking at buying a new pair of shoes, no matter what season, go to www.tomsshoes.com, take a look at their product I am sure that there is a shoe on there. Before you make that next impulse buy at the store see if you can help a child have a pair of shoes to wear buy purchasing some TOMS.
Well, I am exhausted from lifeguard training today! Tomorrow is another early morning!