I'm willing to bet that you've heard of TOMS, the company that provides a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair sold (to date, TOMS has given over 10 million pairs of new shoes to children in need in 60 countries around the world), and I was recently given the opportunity to check out their popular product.
I told my girls that a pair of TOMS was on the way for each of them, and when the package arrived, they couldn't wait to tear into it.
As you can see in the photo below, Maggie's school bag had barely landed on the floor by the time she had her shoe box open and was modeling her new footwear! (She also proudly sported them on stage the very next day when she made her Wigs For Kids hair donation!)
Both girls received the Classic Style shoes in "Silver Glitter", which I particularly appreciate because now they have comfy shoes that can also be worn in dressy situations...like below, when we were en route to see The Lion King, and needed to walk from Union Station up to the Princess of Wales Theatre.
Glitter on the GO Train!
Other kids' styles for 2014:
As if the stylish shoes weren't enough, the girls bugged me for days to let them have their boxes, showing photos of some lucky TOMS recipients around the world, their shoe bags/flags and their stickers. Luckily, they're used to their mom being a blogger, and have come to accept "NO! I haven't written the post yet!" for an answer.
TOMS kids shoes are available in Tiny sizes (for children 0 to 5 years of age) and Youth sizes (for children 5+ years of age) at www.TOMS.ca and retailers across Canada. Since shoes are something you need to buy for your kids anyway, why not support a company that's making a difference at the same time, and provide a pair of shoes for a child in need?
Final note: perhaps Dad would be interested in something from TOMS for Father's Day? A few options can be found below!
Disclosure: My girls were each provided with a pair of TOMS shoes for review purposes. Opinions are, as always, my own.