ONE DAY WITHOUT SHOES or baring our soles this Thursday

TOMS Shoes was founded on a simple premise: for every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need.

The TOMS one for one business model transforms customers into benefactors! Don't we love that!

Why shoes?

Many children in developing countries grow up barefoot; at play, doing chores or going to school, these children are at risk:

•A leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted diseases, which can penetrate the skin through bare feet.

•Wearing shoes also prevents feet from getting cuts and sores.

•Many times children can't attend school barefoot because shoes are a required part of their uniform.

I love TOMS and their great business model- my hubby has a pair of their canvas classics that he loves. Check out their link for events near you, spread the word or just do like me and spend as much time as possible sans shoes this Thursday.

This is reminding me also of the need for a proper pedicure and my own sole baring horror story last week.

Let me set the stage- it was one of the first really nice weather days here. I had been in slippers all morning and was about to make a run to the post office. I couldn't find my sneakers and it was way too warm for boots.

I spied a pair of sandals and even though I knew I needed that pedicure I decided to grab them anyway.

(I mean how vain am I really and who the hell would be checking out my feet in the 5 minutes I would be in the post office, right?)

so, I get to the post office and it is more crowded than usual and there is a cute little girl in front of me and her cute little mom

and the little girl is talking about her new sandals and then she says to her mom "why aren't you wearing your new sandals mommy?" and the mommy answers "I need a pedicure first Kaylie"

(or Kylie or Kayla or some such name that sounded so cute at the time, but kind of sounds like fingernails on a chalkboard to me now)

and then the little girl looks at my feet and sees my sandals

(at this point the post office is very quiet and everyone is watching the little girl)

and I see her mouth opening and I am thinking (oh, no- a kind of OMG premonition is causing my vision to go all black and I can just see the little girl's mouth)

and she says "that lady doesn't have a pedicure"

and suddenly there are 10 sets of eyes on my feet

the feet that should have been safely tucked into my sneakers

the feet that have not been out in public in six months

the feet that will have a pedicure before Thursday.

(just need to pop for some new polish and a few cotton balls)


Sherry said...

Channeling, I do say so my friend, you beat me to Tom's post this week. Did you see the amazing documentary about Tom and his sister?


Bridget said...

This is a wonderful organization. Thanks for sharing.

Brenda said...

Hee hee! We must be lost twins, because this is just the sort of thing that happens to me all . the . time. :P

EG said...

Really? Is it the new normal that we must have pedicures at all times to show our toes? I have naked toes. I don't have ugly feet. But at this point in my life my feet look better naked than they would with a neglected pedicure.

I mean, it's a funny story. :) I just resent societal norms given to us by the TV which make me spend money or time that I don't have. Darn it, Kayla (or whatever your name is)!

Catherine Ivins said...

EG- I'm not speaking of a salon pedicure- I've never had one of those either- I'm speaking more about good grooming (the kind that gets neglected during the winter- maybe that's just me though!) and a bottle of hot pink nail polish!


Unknown said...

I just orded a pair of Tom's shoes in burlap a few days ago! And, I was going to blog about them and the day w/out shoes when I got them.

I live in fear this time of year because I need a pedicure but keep taking the same risks.

We must have been seperated at birth!!