Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Shoes With a Purpose, a.k.a. "Guilt-Free Shopping"

I have recently discovered TOM'S shoes, and what an amazing discovery it was!  This wonderful company will donate a brand new pair of shoes to a child in need with every single pair you purchase.  Their website has videos showing children in Haiti walking around in their TOM'S shoes, along with 48+ other countries.
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.

What a great feeling to know your shoe splurge is counting for something greater!  TOMS is now on track to give the One Millionth Pair of new shoes to a child in need this September!!  Regardless of how many shoes you purchase, TOM'S will donate the same amount, one-to-one.  They have men's, women's and children's styles, something for literally everyone. Choose from linens, glitters, wrap boots, wedges, botas, classic styles, wedding styles.....They even have earth-friendly vegan shoes...really.  I love my TOM'S shoes, they are one of the most comfortable pair I own. 
  ~~~~    Check them out at www.TOMS.com ~~~~


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