Today, I close my Favorite Things series with TOMS’ Winter Collection, because, honestly, this company is the epitome of a brand that gives back, with its groundbreaking one-for-one business model wherein each pair of shoes purchased means a pair of shoes for a person in need.
“I couldn’t believe that kids needed shoes to go to school and didn’t have them, because that seemed like such an easy thing to provide,” TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie told The Business of Fashion about the genesis of the company. “So I went with these women to this village and saw kids and families who were so excited to get these shoes — and they weren’t even new shoes! They were used shoes. And it just hit me right in the heart. This was what I wanted to be doing. I mean business is great. Making money’s fun, but making people have tears of joy? That’s what life’s about.”
Since its inception in 2006, TOMS has given more than 35 million pairs of new shoes to children in need, and helped restore sight to more than 250,000 people since the 2011 launch of TOMS Eyewear. And this year, the company established TOMS Roasting Co., providing a week of clean water to a person in need with every bag of coffee purchased.
Though it may be an acquired taste for some, TOMS has the reputation of being among the most fashionable charities with its array of stylish footwear, from its classic slip-ons to its platform wedges.
However, these Wine Crackled Leather Women’s Jutti Flats have quickly made it to the top of my wish list. These Indian-inspired gems blend suede and crackled leather for a tantalizing piece of foot candy.
See what else made the cut after the jump!