I love the ethos of US brand Toms Shoes. Every pair that you buy, a child in need also gets a pair. The designs were inspired when the founder, Blake Mycoskie, went to Argentina in 2006 and saw their traditional ‘alpargata’ and decided to take the design and build on it with a firmer sole but has continued with the lightweight fabrics, the slip-on style, and the unusual colours and prints. The first time he went back, he gave them 10K pairs to match what he’d sold and he’s since gone back with a further 50k pairs, remaining true to his core aim which is making life more comfortable for those children without shoes.
I am gutted that they don’t seem to be selling the baby and kids ones (they are truly funky) over here yet but The Shoe Studio sell mens and womens pairs online although they have a pretty limited range. The ‘Classics’ multi pair featured are made from canvas and perfect for lazy summer days. They’re currently reduced from £25 to £19 but they’re only available in sizes 3-5. They also have a fab black print ‘Inspire’ pair up to size 6 and you can get plain coloured canvas ‘Elemental’ pairs with a funky print inner in varying sizes. I’m not sure if they sell in store but it could be worthwhile checking your local Bertie.
I am definitely an instant fan of Toms Shoes which are a really ethical buy that is making a difference.