Many children in developing countries grow up barefoot. Whether 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 can help prevent these diseases, and the long-term physical and cognitive harm they cause.
•Wearing shoes also prevents feet from getting cuts and sores. Not only are these injuries painful, they also are dangerous when wounds become infected.
•Many times children can't attend school barefoot because shoes are a required part of their uniform. If they don't have shoes, they don't go to school. If they don't receive an education, they don't have the opportunity to realize their potential.
Toms even has a shoe that is close to my heart:
charity: water Earthwise Women's Classics\
The purchase of these shoes helps fund the building of 3 new clean water wells in Ethiopia, as well as provides a new pair of shoes for a needy child. I received these shoes a few weeks ago and I absolutely love them. They are so comfortable and didn't need any "breaking in." I wear them around the house, to the store, anywhere.
Toms come in some classic colors, but they do throw some funky ones in the mix for those who like to spice it up.They even have Wedding styles and "Tiny Toms" for kids! They also offer hats, shirts, and jewelry.
These shoes would be a great gift for those crazy teenagers you never know how to shop for, or put a Toms giftcard in your Secret Santa gift, and the recipient will spend all year thinking how they can top your gift next Christmas. Score!
(Plus, knowing that a child somewhere in the world has a new pair of shoes is pretty wonderful. )