Saturday, April 24, 2010

TOMS Shoes

I support TOMS Shoes. It is a self-proclaimed for-profit organization. When you purchase a pair of shoes, another pair is donated to a child in need. Founder Blake Mycoskie, came up with the idea in 2006 after a trip to Argentina, where most children had no shoes. You may think no shoes? So what? But there's lots of reasons why these children need shoes. One reason is soil-transmitted diseases. You can get these diseases by walking on infected soil with bare feet. Another bad factor of no shoes, are cuts and sores. Walking over sticks and stones can cause these. This can lead to infections which aren't good at all. One final reason for the need of these shoes is education. Most schools require shoes as a part of their uniforms, and when children don't have shoes, they can't get the education they need and deserve. No education can make for a not very bright future.
TOMS Shoes, which stands for Tomorrow's Shoes, has given over 600,000 shoes since May 2006. That's a a lot of shoes, considering people criticized Mycoskie when he first created the company. They called the idea stupid and ridiculous and said it would never work. But he has proved all of those people wrong and beaten his own odds. Now I bet you're all wondering, what are the shoes exactly? The exterior is made of canvas with a canvas exterior and a soft leather insole. They have a rubber outsole. Literally, the most comfortable shoes ever, just read up on the comments. I also happen to have a pair. :) They are a little different looking, but you will get used to them. There's a pair out there for everyone! Check out TOMS Shoes to learn more about this wonderful life-changing organization!

1 comment:

  1. That was a very persuasive piece of writing. You supported your ideas and taught me some new and interesting facts too. Good work.

    The photo goes well with writing although next time it would be good to see you give credit for the use of the images.


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