Friday, August 10, 2012

I ♥ Tom's Shoes... For Real

I ♥ Tom's shoes, who doesn't these days. 

This has always been my favorite style and color! Something about wedge shoes, PERFECT. The heel gives the lift I need but the wedge keeps is casual. Oh dear, I would have every color if I could.
Hopefully you will soon see me with some of these, I've been eyeing them all summer, can't decide what color to go with???
As I was getting pics for this blog post I spotted these. Hmmmmm, maybe the strappy wedges above will wait till next summer. My winter wardrobe could use these!

Do you share my love for Tom's? Are you familiar with their "One for One" campaign?

Recently while shopping in Journey's I was trying to decide on a pair of flats. The sales clerk's comment was "well the neat thing about Tom's is if you buy a pair, it's like you're buying a pair for someone in need too." Wow, what a deal... how could I pick anything but Tom's? If I have a heart at all I would want the needy to get a pair of shoes. So I made the obvious choice, picking the $55 shoes and getting the warm fuzzies for my generosity... FOR REAL?!?!

Please know I judge no one for buying Tom's. Please, please know I will buy more Tom's. But please, please, please know I will never again over-spend on shoes and pat myself on the back for it. I'm not criticizing the company of Tom's, they are doing a great thing! They have a hugely popular, fashionable product. It will sell whether they gave or not and yet they choose to give... Way to Go Tom's! BUT shame on me and you for feeling good about ourselves, if we're truly wanting to help those in need, let's buy $25 shoes and give the balance to help others. There are hundreds of trustworthy ministries you can donate, maybe it's your church, maybe it's a different non-for-profit but figure out where that is and DO IT.

"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress..." James 1:27

Our personal favorite (other than our church) is Hopegivers International. Through them, $30 can feed, clothe, educate and house 30 kids for a day... or one kid for 30 days. My sister-in-law grew up in India in a Hopegivers' orphanage and she is today still so thankful for the $30's people sacrificed and sent her way.

Next time you go to the mall to shop for shoes, buy the pair that suits you best and that you can afford. Don't buy so that you can give, just give.

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