TOMS Shoes

I have been debating on whether or not to buy a pair of TOMS for a while now.

It is fantastic that the company donates a pair of shoes to a child in need for each pair sold, it's just that it seems a little ridiculous to pay about $50 to donate a pair of shoes to someone. I could easily go to the store and buy a much less expensive pair of shoes for $20, which would probably offer more foot support, and then donate the remaining $30 to a philanthropic organization. Don't get me wrong, it is pretty fantastic that as a for-profit company, TOMS has donated so many shoes to children in need. I just feel like sometimes people buy them and wear them so that everyone can see what a charitable, do-gooder they are. At the end of the day, I think it is important to discern the difference between donating to charity and wearing TOMS.

But with that said, TOMS recently teamed up with Teen Vogue to have a "Style Your Sole" contest. I love the winning shoe (pictured above) - I think the design is really great. And I suppose buying a pair of TOMS is better than buying a different brand of espadrilles. Thoughts?


Kimchi said...

I LOVE Toms! I agree that although the companies' intentions are good, there are other, more substantial ways to make a difference in those children's lives. However, I just love the way Toms look and feel, and I would buy a pair even if they didn't donate another pair of shoes. So, I suppose it doesn't hurt that they do so.