Wednesday, December 22, 2010


And now, for another one of my favorite topics, we shall now discuss...SHOES.

We love shoes, don't we?  And we all have way more than we need, that's for sure.  Sadly, there are millions of people - many of them children - around the world that don't have any shoes.  Gah.

You can help by buying shoes! All you have to do is buy a pair of TOMS shoes for yourself or someone else and TOMS One for One movement will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need.  TOMS makes men's, women's, & kid's shoes in all colors and styles.  And its not too late for next-day shipping for Christmas or find a retailer (dude, you can buy them at Whole Foods!)

I've got another idea for you...

Donate your old shoes!  Soles4Souls is a Nashville-based 501(c)(3) that collects shoes from the warehouses of footwear companies and the closets of people like you and then distributes them to people in need, regardless of race, religion, class, or any other criteria.

Send them the leftovers in your closet! Ship your new or gently worn shoes to one of their warehouse facilities or drop them off at one of the participating locations. It’s a great way to recycle the shoes you are not using and it's also a unique and easy way to go green because your shoes won't end up strung over a power line or in a landfill somewhere.

If you just can't help yourself from buying shoes, buy them for someone in need instead! Sponsor a pair of shoes for a man, woman or child in need. It's just $1 for one pair of shoes (minimum of 5 pairs).

You can also help by making a donation that will enable Souls 4 Souls to continue to acquire and distribute thousands of pairs of desperately needed footwear every week. For every $1 you donate today to Soles4Souls, they can provide a pair of shoes to someone in need. You can also honor someone you love with a tribute or memorial donation to Soles4Souls & they'll send a gift announcement card to the recipient informing them that you have made a donation in their name (you’ll receive a receipt for tax purposes).


  1. Hey Allison! We're honored that you're featuring us on your blog post! If you're interested, we'd love to partner with you in hosting a shoe drive to "kick" off the new year!
    We'd love if you used your sphere of influence to help collect shoes from your friend's closets & send them to people who've never owned a pair.

    If this is something you'd like to do, feel free to shoot me an email (

    Thanks again for spreading the word about our cause!
    Jeremy, S4S staff

  2. Jeremy - that sounds like a fantastic idea. And living in NYC, I bet I could get some really nice pumps for some kids in need. ;-) Seriously, though, I will be in touch. Thank you! allison

  3. That's great! Thank you so much! We look forward to partnering with you!

  4. For TOMS shoes fans, check out their new one-for-one product offering:

    Exciting stuff. And I don't mind saying that some of those frames look pretty ca-yute!

  5. I felt I would be remiss if I did not post this tidbit of info about the founder of TOMS shoes from NY Mag:

    Toms Shoes Founder Might Have Different Political Views Than Many People Wearing His Shoes

    Vogue-approved Blake Mycoskie, who came up with the idea to donate a pair of shoes to a needy child for every one sold, is apparently a Focus on the Family supporter. That's an affiliation that's sure to irk many of the hipster types who have proudly sported the brand in recent years as a sort of crunchy alternative to Chuck Taylors.



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