TOMS to Give Footwear to American Kids in Need


41DGxh2B9XLI need to start this with a confession. I love TOMS shoes. I wear them all the time. They are a part of my “mom” uniform for the following reasons:

  1. They are ridiculously comfortable.
  2. They are simple yet stylish.
  3. They are extremely lightweight and travel well.
  4. Last but not least, when I buy a pair, a poor kid in a far-off land gets a pair, too.

It’s win, win, win and win! No, this is not a paid endorsement, my feet just really enjoy wearing them. I even got my kid hooked and she looks totally “adorbs” in her “It’s a Small World” patterned kid-sized TOMS. I explained to her that when we buy a pair of TOMS that, as mentioned before, “a poor kid in a far-off land gets a pair, too.” Her response? “Why don’t poor kids here in our country get free shoes? There are plenty of poor people here, too.” First, I was impressed and also saddened that she was so acutely aware of the issue of poverty, but we live in a big city with thousands of homeless living amongst us. It is a hard fact to ignore. And now Toms will be giving shoes to children in need right here in the United States.

The Los Angeles Times reports, “The company, whose One for One business model donates a pair of shoes to someone in need for every pair it sells, aims to give 1 million pairs of shoes to children in the U.S. by the end of 2014. New pairs of TOMS shoes will be given to children in 35 states and access to eye care will be provided to children in three states, through sales of TOMS eyewear.”

It’s nice to see that TOMS is spreading the love even father from Africa to South America to right here at home.

Do you wear TOMS? If so, does their One for One program influence your decision in buying them?

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