While companies within the fashion and retail industry are moving more towards an eco-friendly and nonprofit- type mindset, the most recent to do so offers stylish, comfortable shoes with an added bonus of changing the world. TOMS shoes, available to men, women, and children, have been gaining popularity throughout recent months, particularly with their goal of donating a pair of shoes to a child in need with every pair bought.
This “movement,” simply named “One for One” is described on their website as “[transforming] our customers into benefactors, which allows for us to grow a truly sustainable business, rather than depend on fundraising for support.”
With the range of styles continuing to grow, TOMS has progressed immensely since simply offering canvas, slip-on type footwear. Now available are a myriad of options depending on occasion, season, print, and even vegan alternatives. “Special Collection” footwear also includes artsy flats, with designs inspired by Tyler Ramsey and Gabe Lacktman. Wrap boots, glitter embellishments, and even hats and Tee’s have been developed all with the same goal in mind: to benefit those in need.
Perfect for summer and fall is the ‘Calypso’ Wedge, $68.95 through Nordstrom (alternatively available directly from TOMS shoes). Basic yet chic, they’re the perfect alternative to an embellished flip-flop. The Calypso comes in multiple colors, including basic black or an eye-catching multi-color stripe that will enliven any outfit.
Easily a must have, the ‘Classic’ Canvas Slip-On, $43.95. Also available in seven other color options, this is easily a summer essential, perfect for romps on the beach or a casual night out to dinner.
Lastly, the ‘Aira’ Sneaker, $78.95 is a great, athletic-like option similar to a basic Ked.
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