purchase with purpose, part one: Toms Shoes…

I’m both ashamed and excited to say, I finally have my first pair of Toms Shoes.

Ashamed because I’ve waited so long, excited because my new kicks helped changed the world.  How?

(Taken from the Toms website)

“In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS, 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 TOMS customers.

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.”

Look, if I’m going to be a walking billboard for some company, (and we all are) I want that company to stand for something I believe in.  I love what Toms stands for, One for One.   I buy a pair of shoes for me, and someone else in the world (far more deserving than I) gets a pair too, at no cost to them.  That’s rad.

I love companies who give back, who see the importance of bettering the world around them.  Companies who see that the bottom line isn’t just about happy stock holders, but asking, “have we all made a difference today?”

This upcoming holiday season (or any season for that matter), I encourage you to think about how you can purchase with purpose.  Here are some helpful links:

Toms Shoes

JayneMax Handbags

World Relief: Give A Gift

Jedidiah Clothing

World Changing Coffee

Here are some pics of my new world changin’ kicks…

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