Thursday, April 22, 2010

One for One

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It's no big secret that I'm an avid shopper. Whether online or in a store, I simply adore the shopping and buying experience. I particularly enjoy the bargain hunting experience; there's just something about getting something fabulous for a bargain that feels rewarding.

For most of us, buying things makes us feel good. We crave the unexplainable pull of having something new, something that we've pined for, and calling it our own. There is, however, a big difference in feeling good about a purchase and feeling like you're making a difference with your buying power.

With that, I give you: TOMS Shoes.

TOMS is a company that was founded on a simple, but powerful, idea: One for One. For every pair of TOMS Shoes we buy, the company gives a pair to a child in need. It's the ultimate "feel good " buying experience, knowing that you're not only buying something for yourself but you are giving a child a basic, but much needed, pair of shoes.

For me, both buying and wearing shoes is something that I enjoy. Something, however, that I do without thinking. I recently bought these Red Bridgeport Linen Classics, and that has changed everything.

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These shoes are awesome, they really are. They are adorable, crazy comfortable (hello, arch support!) and serve as a very important reminder. I can't wear or look at these shoes without thinking about what they really mean. To me, they mean that I gave someone else, someone who had nothing, a fighting chance. That, my friends, is what buying power is all about.

I just got these shoes roughly a week ago, but I'm already eyeing my next purchase. Seriously, if these shoes aren't "me" then I don't know what is:

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