I remember buying my first pair of TOMS shoes in a Rye, NY store. It was a Saturday morning and a young man was promoting canvas shoes for men and women. I believe his slogan was “buy one, give one.” If I bought a pair of shoes, he would give a pair to a child in Argentina. The shoes didn’t come in a box instead they were a plain cloth bag.
Did I buy?
Of course, I had to try them on, and, of course, I bought a pair. At that time, my girls were grown and I was working and traveling all over which meant I didn’t have much time for leisure or casual shoes. Therefore, my first pair of TOMS just sat in the back corner of my closet for many years.
It wasn’t until recently when my lifestyle changed (retirement!) that I finally ditched my high-heeled pumps and started seriously looking at and investing in TOMS.
My TOMS Collection
TOMS are now my go-to shoes when I travel to see my California family. During the past couple of years, my TOMS have walked miles in the Venice canals and boardwalk as I’ve leisurely strolled soothing my granddaughter to sleep. Now that she’s a little older, TOMS are serving me well as I climb the jungle gym at the playground!
I see many other brands that look similar to TOMS, some more on-trend and some definitely more expensive. I’ve been tempted to try a different brand but then I stop myself. I must stay loyal to TOMS so a child will benefit from my purchase!
One for One®
TOMS now gives in over 70 countries. The One for One® program not only gives shoes but also provides eyewear, clean water, and safer birth. They sponsor the “One Day without Shoes” where they encourage you to go barefoot so you experience what it is like to not have a pair of shoes. Last year, I happened to be in Venice on the day and snapped this pic of us without shoes.
Next month, I’ll be traveling again to California. I have TOMS Passport Rewards about to expire so I’m deciding if it’s the right time to purchase another pair. I have my eye on these gunmetal metallic slip-ons.
What do you think? Should I spend the money for another pair? Of course, I should – another child is going to get a new pair of shoes! I’m hooked!
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