Wednesday, November 7, 2012

What to Give Wednesday (Part 5)

This post is all about gifts for the feet and gifts for the feet that give back.


If you know me, you know of my love for TOMS.  I wear them just about every day of the week and love to spread my TOMS love to my family and friends.  

For every pair of TOMS purchased, they give a pair of shoes to a child in need.  Whether it be a delivery of shoes to students in an inner city school in Chicago or a shoe drop in a third world country, TOMS wants all children to have shoes to protect their feet.

Mustache Tom's! 

Some added incentives:
~TOM's is offering free shipping through the end of the year. 
~ For every pair of shoes you buy now through November 10, TOM's will donate $5 to Save the Children ($10 for every pair of eye glasses).

Sole Hope
From their website:
"A group of passionate, committed people who are putting closed toed shoes on African children, one pair at a time. It all started with a chance encounter with a YouTube video--a video that broke our hearts, took us WAY out of our comfort zones, and lead us to Uganda.
Along the way, we realized we could not only help African children, but we could help African men and women by teaching them a simple trade—how to make shoes. And so we began. Then we realized we could teach others—homeless, unemployed, recovering addicts, and nonprofits—how to make shoes, so they could earn a decent living and raise funds for their causes. So Sole Hope is touching lives in the U.S. and Africa, and we’re only getting started!"
Sole Hope is working to give people a better life from Ashville North Carolina to Uganda Africa. 
Check out their shop here:

Sole Hope has a really unique experience on their website as well.  It's called a Shoe-Cutting Party.  It's pretty simple; you get  together with some of your friends and then, following the patterns Sole Hope sends in the package, you cut material in the shape needed for the fabric to be sewn into shoes.  The fabric will make it's way to Uganda where they will be sewn into shoes.

To have a Shoe-Cutting party you buy a package based on number of people attending your party and inside the package is everything you need to have a memorable shoe-cutting party.  Everything except for the material, which they give you instructions and information on how and where to get the proper fabric.  Set up the party any way you like, ask for a $10 donation from all attendees (which covers the shipment of the fabric) and then party and cut away!  This sounds like a lot of fun to me.

ShoeRevolt & sole Rebels

A friend introduced me to both of these organizations:

" is like no other online shoe boutique you have visited before; we are a family, a league of shoe styling girlfriends fighting together for one goal. The goal is simple, to kick sex trafficking to the curb with every shoe purchase."

Sole Rebels is a fair trade company based in Addis Abba.  Sole Rebel's is fair trade, puts it's workers first; paying them livable wages and teaching them a trade that is sustainable for the future. 

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