By: Madison of Samford University. Follow me @freckshairbows.
When I first heard about TOMS, the cause behind the brand caught my attention. The founder of TOMS, Blake Mycoskie developed the idea for his company after a trip to Argentina. He realized the major need of the children in the area: shoes. He became inspired to help and created the idea of “One for One,” for every pair of TOMS you purchase, a pair goes to a child in need. Not only did Blake go back to Argentina with 10,000 pairs of shoes to give, but he and his company continue to give all across the country. What a great idea right? During my recent trip to the Dominican Republic for a mission trip, I saw the need for shoes and it made me happy to have purchased a pair of TOMS knowing that hopefully one day those children will receive shoes as well.
Although the cause behind the TOMS brand got me interested, the comfort kept me hooked! I have five pairs and of course would love some more. They come in such a variety of colors — fun basic styles that can go with everything — to brighter ones for special outfits. Most of the TOMS are made out of a canvas material, but some are made in other materials like burlap. Be sure to try them on before you buy. Each shoe is made to be as close to the correct shoe size as possible, but because of the way these shoes are made, it is better to try them on first. Also consider that they will eventually stretch out about a half a size. So when you first purchase TOMS you want them to fit the best they can, not too big or too small.
TOMS are so much fun to wear and you always notice others who are a part of the TOMS family. A lot of people get creative with their TOMS, painting them or adding other details. I have added ribbon to mine with fabric glue. Originally I put the ribbon on because I had a small hole at the toe of my shoe and wanted to cover it up since my shoes were still wearable. I loved the look of them after I added the ribbon and received a lot of compliments on how creative and cute they looked. If you want to get creative with your TOMS, be sure to think it out before you get crafty. Before you paint or glue, outline your image or place the ribbon to see how it would look and take your time! Check out this post about how to make your own custom shoes! Have fun with styling your TOMS as well. They are the perfect footwear for tailgating and showing spirit! Buy TOMS in your school colors or to show support for your favorite team. I definitely suggest buying a pair that will go with the majority of your wardrobe, because trust me, you will want to wear them all the time! For more information about the TOMS One for One cause and to browse all of the fabulous styles, check out TOMS.com!
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