Remember when there used to be just one style of TOMS shoes and you could find them only online? Things have changed, in a good way, for founder Blake Mycoskie and his company. His signature Argentinian alpargatas are now spotted worldwide (I’ve seen them in Italy, Asia, Jamaica, you name it) and his company (and shoe selection) have grown into an incredible business. His recent collaboration links up runway models like Amber Valetta, Elettra Wiedemann (talk about good genes– per Wikipedia, she’s the offspring of Isabella Rossellini and Jonathan Wiedemann, a Harvard educated Microsoft design manager and former model) to create three exclusive, limited-edited shoe styles.
The newest styles offer different finishes : jean-blue with with Japanese indigo, casual color with African tribal stripes, and a more dressy burlap with metallic finishes. In addition to TOMS’s one for one philosophy (for each pair of shoes purchased, another goes to benefit a child in need), each model is associated with a supported charity will also receive a split of the profits and $2.50 from Glamour for the sale of each pair. Check out the full listing of models and their very worthy causes:
- Amber Valletta, Charity Water, helping with the availability of clean drinking water in developing nations.
- Elettra Widemann, One Frickin’ Day, give one day of your time, one day of your salary, or one service to a project in need.
- Kyliegh Kuhn, The Roots of Peace Penny Campaign, an annual humanitarian mission which inspires youth to collect pennies and spare change to support the conversion of mine fields into soccer fields, playgrounds, and safe schools.
- Liya Kebede, The Liya Kebede Foundation, protecting the safety of mothers and children, by ensuring they have access to maternal health care.
- Tao Okamoto, Peace Winds Japan, an NGO dedicated to the support of people threatened by dispute or natural disasters.
Each pair of shoe retails for $54 and can be found on the Tom’s site.