I wore really uncomfortable shoes for our graduation day trip to San Francisco the weekend before last. Shocking, I know. I knew they would hurt my feet, I knew they would be a bad choice, I knew I was going to be doing some walking, and I wore them anyway. Because the weather confused me and I didn't have any other appropriate outfits or shoes.
Anyway, we ended up walking even more than I'd expected. We were running late for the graduation ceremony and tried to shave off some time by parking at the mall next to the university. Instead, we walked about twice as much as we needed to, trying to find our way onto the campus AND still had to find another place to park before the ceremony, once we saw that the mall was towing graduation-goers' cars.
After the ceremony, we had to hoof it down a pretty substantial hill in my sister's neighborhood. I was stepping gingerly all the way down, thinking how badly I did not want to walk back up in those hateful shoes. I asked my sister if she had anything - anything - I could borrow, just to give my feet a break. She offered up a few pairs, but none that went with my dress and tights well enough to wear out in public. Her well-worn TOMS were just laying there, and I was drawn to them by an unseen force I did not understand. I slipped them on and it was like my feet were being hugged by clouds and kissed by angels. I'm hardly exaggerating.
I wore them for the rest of the day, and then all weekend until I had to put my own shoes on to drive back home. The next morning, I was excited to put on the TOMS again until I realized that I don't own any. I spent all last week disappointed in my footwear.
There's a chance that I'll be spending Saturday walking around my favorite place in the world. I was getting all excited, until I started considering which of my shoes are up for the task. The sad answer is none, especially when they need to go with warmer weather clothes. So yesterday, I decided enough is enough. I need my own pair (or five) of TOMS. I tried ordering from their website, but they would not arrive in time to wear on Saturday. I called the closest retailer, but they were out of my size. I called the two retailers in the mall one town over and found ONE pair left in the size and color I want. And that is how I came to think it would be a good idea to pack up the husband and child and hit the mall on a holiday weekend. It was all worth it though when I held the perfect pair of Ash Gray TOMS in my hand yesterday and slipped them on my feet this morning.
I was only vaguely aware of TOMS before I tried my sister's pair on. They seem to be a staple of the fashion inspirations boards I see floating around Pinterest, though. I'm not quite hipster enough to particularly love the way they look, but they go with everything in the sense that they are what they are. I love that they are so comfortable, especially since I'm standing all day, but I really love that they are sustainable and eco-friendly. Even more importantly, for every pair they sell, they give a pair of shoes to a child in need. That's awesome.
You can read more about the company, the 'One for One' movement, and the story behind the shoes on the TOMS website. Now do a favor for yourself, your feet, and a child in need, and buy yourself a pair. I'm saving up for one in every color and style.
*This is not a sponsored post or advertisement, I am evangelizing totally on my own accord.