What: TOMS shoes
Why we love them: These feel-good flats with the blue flag on the back feel good on your feet (the suede insole with cushion is super-comfy) and will make you feel good on the inside, too. Five years ago, an American traveler, Blake was trekking through Argentina and found that the children had no shoes to protect their feet. He created TOMS, a one for one company. With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need.
Now available in a variety of fun colours and fabrics, choose a bright shade from the classic linen collection, or grab a stripe-y nautical wedge, or the vegan slides (with no animal by-products), or maybe go for glitter. Getting married? The new wedding collection includes cream and white flats – perfect for late night dancing! Or, gift them to your bridesmaids and groomsmen. With options for women, men and even tiny TOMS (only $35) for kids, I can’t think of a more appropriate weekend shoe.
Tip: I buy a new pair at the start of every summer because these no-socks-required slip-ons can get stinky from all my warm weather walking.
TOMS shoes, available at retailers across Canada or through their website, Tomshoes.ca.