If you haven’t heard about Toms, it’s about time that you did. Toms are a groovy all-rounder shoe that are ethically cool as well as stylish. They come in a variety of colours and styles and although most Toms shoes have a suede insoles, they do offer a speciality vegan line as well.
Today I got my cute, simple black canvas shoes. I adore them and have already started considering my next pair as these will undoubtably be worn to death over summer. Upon squeezing my feet into these delicate pumps, I discovered that they were a little tight. My girlfriend suggested putting some damp cloth inside to stretch the fabric. Worked a treat.
The story goes like this; 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.
Why did they choose shoes?
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 South Korea, Shinesegae stock different styles in Busan, Gwangju and Seoul.