"I did not have three thousand pairs of shoes, I had one thousand and sixty."-Imelda Marcos
Like many gals, shoes are my financial kryptonite. If years from now, anthropologists studied my credit card bill, they may be perplexed at why so much income was spent on mocha frappuccinos, letterpress paper and peep toed pumps. Perhaps the shoe portion will just be written off as another girl living in the Carrie Bradshaw era. So, in 4 minutes to save the world fashion, it's always nice to remember how lucky we truly are to be able to collect fashionable footwear while so many in this world go barefoot and TOMS shoes wants to remind everyone of that, if just for a day.
Today (April 8) is One Day Without Shoes. TOMS Shoes has asked people to go one day, part of the day or even a few minutes barefoot to spread awareness about the impact of shoes in a child's life. So, as you read this, kick off your shoes for a bit (you may want to warn your neighbor first if you're at work) and familiarize yourself with TOMS shoes. It's very likely you've heard about the company by now. A media darling for its popular shoes and unique social entrepreneurialism, the company sells casual chic styles (my personal favorites are the Red Canvas Classic and the Vegan Wrap Boots) for men, women and kids. For every pair of TOMS shoes purchased, a pair of new shoes is given to a child in need. For more about the cause and company, Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS shoes writes about the campaign on the Huffington Post.
So for today, let your toes feel the sunlight, but April 9 pick up a pair of TOMS at Nordstrom, Whole Earth Provisions and Whole Foods Markets, other retailers or online. In the Carrie Bradshaw era, they are Louboutins with none of the guilt and a whole lot of good.
image source: toms.com