Confessions of a shoe addict: charity and comfort trump fashion

28 Feb

I have to admit, I’m a last-minute Christmas gift shopper and now that I live farther away from family in the Carolinas, it has complicated the logistics of shopping, wrapping and shipping. Next year, I’ll just order everything online or give to charity in my loved ones’ honor.  This idea of helping others instead of giving gifts to our family members next Christmas started with this past Christmas.

You see, my fiance’ is an excellent gift giver. In fact, he always comes up with ideas that I could never think of for gifts. I believe he honestly enjoys the art of gifting more than most people even enjoy opening these awesome gifts. In fact, he just got my 90-year-old grandmother a SWEET oak rocking chair and a box of candies from her childhood era for her birthday! I marveled at her girlish laughter and reaction to opening the gifts! 

So let’s rewind to Christmastime, he had this novel idea to give the whole family Toms shoes. Well, I’m a shoe fanatic who is addicted to heels, leather and embellishment, so understandably I was a little put off by my first visual impression of Toms. They are not the most sexy shoe I’ve ever seen, but the sequin and espadrille wedges aren’t bad 😉 I cautioned him about the picky nature of some family members and how hard it is to fit people in shoes. He went with it anyway and to my surprise, they were a mega hit at Christmas!  

click to see Toms website
First Pair of Toms

My first pair of Tom's

The story doesn’t end there, you see, Tom’s are more than just simple canvas flats that come in lots of colors. They are a part of a big charity effort. If you’re not familiar with Toms, which I wasn’t until that point, the company donates a pair of shoes or glasses to a child in need every time someone buys a pair. “One for One” is the company motto.

NOW this doubting “Thomas” (me) owns TWO pairs of Toms and wears them proudly, even at work and even if they don’t match my outfit! Ha! I love their message of helping other and the darn things are the most comfy shoes I own that are closed-toe and not flip-flops! Click the pictures of my Toms to read more about them and see the styles for yourself.

Hey, and there’s something for everyone… these sparkly and ultra-femme Toms will probably be my next pair:

See you on the morning show!

– Bridgett


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