A new fad has made way across Nashville, Tenn., and particularly the Lipscomb campus: TOMS Shoes. Now, these shoes have been around since 2006 but really became popular over the past couple of years with all ages, genders and fashion styles. Blake Mycoskie, a young American traveler, began this movement when he visited Argentina and realized that the children there did not have any shoes. Mycoskie felt as if he needed to do something about it so he started the shoe company TOMS. The neat part about this company is that for every pair of shoes customers buy, a pair is given to a child in need. This is what Mycoskie calls his “one for one” deal. In just the first year, he was able to
return to Argentina with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by TOMS customers. I asked my friend Allison why she loves her Toms and she said, “They are comfortable, easy to slip on, and you can wear them with just about any outfit year-round.” Allison owns the brown burlap, black glitter, and black ones with white writing all in the original style. There are many styles of the shoe now, but in the beginning there was just one simple style which happens to be the one I see the most around campus (typically in the 40-60 dollar price range). This style can be worn with anything from jeans or slacks, leggings, and even casual dresses. Both men and women seem to love the simple style and laid-back feel of TOMS. The new styles include wedges, boots, ballet flats and even more. There are even pictures of couples in their TOMS on their wedding day! However, not everyone is a fan of the look of the shoes. If you are one of these people, but still want to help out, there are other ways to do so! TOMS is getting bigger and expanding its market with scarves, hats and even sunglasses. As far as the sunglasses go, if you buy one pair, eyesight will be given to someone in need. This may sound crazy, but with the purchase of the sunglasses, either medical treatment, eyeglasses or sight-saving surgery will be given to someone who cannot afford it. The glasses are in about the $135 range but are great quality, and giving someone else the gift of vision is truly priceless. So just remember: whatever your fashion sense is, helping others is always in style!