Moving from a valet parking happy city like Dallas to a holy-cow-we-walk-everywhere city like London has changed our life in many ways, but no area more than footwear. Especially me. Now I have bags and bags of my lovey lovey high heels in the back of the closet instead of on my feet. In Dallas, I wore them every day- to work, to dinner, to the movies-anywhere. If the shoes were especially fabulous (read:high) my darling husband would drop me off at the door and then go park so my feet didn’t hurt. That nonsense all came to a halt the day we moved here. We estimate that the walk from our flat to the tube is a little less than 1/2 a mile. So just to walk to the tube and back for the day, you are putting in almost a mile in whatever shoes you have chosen plus whatever you do once you actually go somewhere! Therefore my shoe collection has become a sad mixture of flats and tennis shoes. Mike and I bought matching pairs of black Converse All Star trainers last winter and have been loving them! We also kinda like having matching shoes- we think it is humorous. What am I rambling about shoes for?
I ran across an article about TOMS shoes soon after they debuted in 2006 and I was intrigued. Blake Mycoskie is a SMU dropout and Amazing Race alumni and he started a shoe company on the principle that for every pair of shoes purchased, the company gives one pair to children in need. In just a few years more than 140,000 pairs of shoes have been given away to children in the US, South Africa, Argentina, and Ethiopia. I assumed that the shoes would be horribly uncomfortable and only for people who wore shirts made of hemp and laid on the beach all day, but I was wrong. They are incredibly comfy and wearable! So now Mike and I have added another pair of shoes to our bizarre matching shoe collection:
I have worn these for several days and didn’t even have “breaking in” blisters. Mike loves them and has worn them constantly! I love the new colors for fall and we may have to expand our collection. Check out the TOMS website to learn about the company, see more shoes and even watch a video about their shoe drop trips. I am always inspired by people who see a need and work to fill it and therefore I’m happy to pay a few dollars extra for shoes so that a child somewhere will get a pair as well. So next time you need a pair of walking shoes, consider TOMS- we’ll be twinkies!