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Shoes for a Cause: TOMS Shoes

Taylor Hassa

Staff Writer 

Everyone always wants new shoes because with every new outfit, you need the perfect shoes. Well, this summer there is a brand of shoe that is quickly becoming all the rage.

This brand of shoe happens to come with an already famous slogan: “For every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of shoes to a child in need.”

TOMS was created by American Blake Mycoskie. He was traveling through Argentina and became friends with a handful of children there. Mycoskie couldn’t help but notice that these children didn’t have any shoes.

And so the idea of TOMS came to Mycoskie. He decided to create the company based around those kids. He created a shoe that was “One for One.” When customers bought a pair, the kids in need received one as well.

When the company launched, it started booming, and shoes were being sold left and right. Before he knew it, Mycoskie was back in Argentina with over 10,000 pairs of TOMS for the children in need.

Mycoskie’s idea of shoes for the children was brilliant because being barefoot in these developing countries is one of the leading causes of disease.

The shoes are also great for people here because they are comfortable and there is a pair to go with everything. For example, there are sparkly pairs that can be worn for more formal occasions such as dances and parties.

TOMS also come in plain colors that go with everyday clothes. They are perfect for school, sporting events and even to run around in after school.

Another added bonus is that they are more comfortable than 95 percent of the shoes out there. Wearing TOMS is like walking on a cloud, and you get to walk around knowing that you helped a child in need.

TOMS are a great idea, so go to a shoe store nearby and pick up a pair of these awesome shoes.

After all, it’s for a good cause.

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