the other day i purchased a pair of tom’s shoes. i needed a new pair of shoes on the days that i that i am not wearing the same sanuks i’ve had for years (love them and definitely don’t want them falling apart.) i bought the new tom’s cream colored crochet ones. have you seen them? they are adorable, so very pretty. but they are a little unpractical for my lifestyle and they have a price tag of $60.00 i’ll be honest, i didn’t take them out of the box and wear them. they just sat there in the closet, waiting to be worn. i felt so guilty for spending such a large amount of money on shoes being on such a tight budget.
but of course! if you buy one pair, you give a pair to a child in need. i fully support tom’s shoes and it is a good organization but having been on a shoe drop with toms to argentina myself…… i will be honest. i handed out the shoes that they give the children and they are definitely not at all like the tom’s shoes that we wear. they are much cheaper…and feel more like a piece of cardboard. if it were me, i may just want to stay barefoot. anywho, my conscience and conviction finally got to me and i returned my lovely pair of crochet tom’s.
welp, today i went to payless because they usually have good deals on shoes (so does target, but they’re selection was eh…not so good.) but what did i find at payless? shoes that look just like tom’s! their project is called “the good shoe project.” yes, they may be copying off the idea of tom’s or might seem like a knock-off but oh well. these shoes only cost $19.99 and look great…not to mention it helps give a pair to a child in need. the best part? they work with world vision which is a Christian organization.
so here are the lessons i have learned: 1. don’t spend money on expensive shoes that i don’t need. if i had enough money to buy those crochet tom’s, i probably would have kept them…but i didn’t. 2. payless has the same style shoes for $40-$50 cheaper. 3. with this payless shoe purchase, it not only gives a pair to a child in need but also supports an organization who spreads the love of Christ and the gospel- which is most important.
hope ya’ll are having a good day :)
p.s. thank you so much for all of your kind comments about the pictures shelley took! so sweet!