Can You Walk in Toms' Shoes Today ?
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We're Doing It - Check it out, and Join US
Today is Toms Shoe Day - 08 April, 2010; People all over the globe are supporting a movement to give shoes to people who desperately need them. I am for one so happy to go shoeless for a day that I can proudly admit that I go shoeless many days, by choice. of course it's indoors mostly on carpeted floors. that means I truly am blessed to have a safe path to walk. but what if I was like many others in the world who didn't have such an easy path to trod, who would help put shoes on my feet ?
A Couple Facts About Feet and Health from Toms.com :
- In Ethiopia, approximately one million people are suffering from Podoconiosis, a debilitating and disfiguring disease caused by walking barefoot in volcanic soil.
- Podoconiosis is 100% preventable with basic foot hygiene and wearing shoes.
- 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.
I for one am the queen of shoes. I can gladly admit that I own at least 100 pairs of shoes and am proud to say that most of them have only been worn a few times. the shoes I wear most are my feet. every morning when I get up and they touch the floor, wherever I am - I take a moment and give thanks. I have seen kids who need shoes, and given to buy shoes for kids who needed them. shoes are a basic need to everyone. you need to protect your feet to protect your health.
This Folks is the description of what Toms uses in it's shoes :
Product Details :
Each port brings something different. In tribute to this mix of cultural influences, these new Classics feature abstract sailing inspired patterns, and are made using sustainable materials.
• Livity Texture Twill upper material made of hemp and recycled plastic bottles.
• Vegan friendly, using no animal products
• Made with recycled and sustainable materials
• Insole features EVA cushion, latex arch support, and a canvas cover for breathability
• Outsole utilizes recycled EVA scraps
and yes you are correct, (shoes above) these are the ones that I purchased for ME. I'm not sure which others will end up in our house because we're still stalking out the store, and talking amongst ourselves (yes we still do that in our house); about which others ones to get. I'm getting a pair for the granddaughter and probably for my sisters I'll buy some; that means nieces and also probably god moms. wow my list is getting long.. but its' a good buy since each pair is matched by Toms with a Pair for someone who needs a pair of shoes.
Thats' why I can feel good about spending the money.. it's Charity
we give so much to so many these days, but shoes are the one thing that we get asked to purchase least. I've written several pieces on shoes; but this one I consider the most important.
If you don't do anything else toe-day (yes side eye me) kick off your shoes and go by toms.com and get a tee shirt, or a pair of shoes. give back to something that you can really feel good about, and get something in return for your philanthropy.
this is Toms philosophy: One for One
TOMS Shoes was founded on a simple premise: With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One. Using the purchasing power of individuals to benefit the greater good is what we're all about.
The TOMS One for One business model transforms our customers into benefactors, which allows us to grow a truly sustainable business rather than depending on fundraising for support.
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.
In 2006 an American traveler, Blake Mycoskie, befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One. Blake returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends and staff later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by caring TOMS customers.Since our beginning in May 2006, TOMS has given over 600,000* pairs of shoes to children in need, through the purchases of caring customers. *As of April 2010.