TOMS: Shoes with a conscience
Shoes definitely define the personality of the wearer. Not just that, footwear also reflects to a great extent the identity and the beliefs of a person. I say “beliefs” because an ardent supporter of animal rights would never willingly put his or her foot in a shoe made of animal fur. Today, people are more aware of these causes and many now prefer fashion with a conscience.
TOMS is one brand that has given social responsibility by entrepreneurs a whole new meaning. Here is a brief overview of the brand TOMS and what it offers.
TOMS history and mission
TOMS is a footwear company with a non-profit subsidiary, Friends of TOMS. The company started its operations in 2006 with a mission to donate a new pair of shoes to a needy child on every pair sold. TOMS is not a non-profit company, but it operates on a One-for-One mission. The man behind this thought is the founder of TOMS shoes, Blake Mycoskie. The name TOMS is derived from the word ‘tomorrow’, and evolved from the original concept – “shoes for tomorrow project.”
At first glance, TOMS shoes might look plain, but this simple shoe comes in many different colors and decorations for those who prefer a little bit of glam. The stitching and other minor detailing TOMS shoes their iconic minimalist look.
While the brand offers wedges and oxford style shoes, TOMS flats and their new TOMS glitter flats are a hit. The TOMS classic flats are the perfect go-to shoe for your casual outfits, coming in a wide array of colors to match any of your casual tees. What’s more, these shoes are very comfortable due to the rubber insole, which also makes them surprisingly warm. And they’re not heavy or bulky, like canvas shoes that other brands have come out with.
I’m simply in love with my new TOMS exclusive glitter slip on. These slip-ons let me strike a style statement, plus the thought of charity behind them make these shoes absolutely priceless!
The impact of TOMS
TOMS shoes themselves are definitely cute and comfortable, but what I like most about them is the fact that with every pair you purchase, the company donates a pair to a needy child. TOMS has been donating shoes to children for the past 4 years. This brand was created with a simple premise – for every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair to a needy child. With this mission, TOMS will be giving one millionth pair of shoes to a child this year. So the next time you get yourself a new pair of TOMS shoes glitter, you will feel even more proud for the fact that you helped TOMS create a history!
Guest blogger: Nisha