Every time winter comes around I stare at my shelves full of warm winter boots and think to myself…I could add another pair or two, right? I’m more of a warm-weather kind of person, but there are SO many cute winter boots out there that it’s always so hard to resist! If you’re like me and have a little bit of buyer’s guilt when you make a purchase you don’t really need (per se), sometimes it’s nice to know you’re getting a little more out of your money than just a cute new wardrobe addition. For me, that would be supporting a small brand or a cause of some sort. I’m glad that nowadays it’s a lot easier to find brands that give back (even though that doesn’t exactly help my attempts to save), and it’s awesome to see so many dedicated names in the apparel world doing their best to make a difference. One of the most famous ones would be TOMS, and as I have for years and years now, I sure am digging their collection of winter boots this year!
TOMS has been known as that little company out of Venice Beach that gives a pair of shoes to someone in need for every shoe purchased. However, last year they changed their business model a bit. Now, for every $3 that comes in, they donate $1. To them, this allows them to be more flexible in their charitable efforts. In the past, they’ve had collections dedicated to specific causes, and I’ve written about a lot of them: clean water, eye health, jobs for artisans in Haiti, rebuilding Nepal, helping shelter animals find their new humans, preserving endangered animals and safe birthing. They even have their own line of eco friendly shoes, called earthwise™. To this day, 96.5 million lives have been impacted; 95 million shoes have been given, away, they’ve helped create 780,000+ sight restorations, 722,000+ weeks of safe water, given to 85 countries, and so much more (you can view their impact report here). Pretty impressive, right?
TOMS is also working hard to becoming even more earth-friendly as well over the next five years. They plan to “expand earthwise™ to include more products rooted in earth-friendly materials and processes”, “increase our B Corp environmental score by working to reduce waste and energy use, and by exploring an end-of-use program for our shoes”, “expand our use of sustainable cotton, sourcing 100% sustainable cotton by 2025”, “continue to source 100% of our packaging from sustainably managed forests and ensure it’s made with at least 80% recycled materials”, “measure our carbon footprint in 2020 and improve it year over year” and “report our progress in our annual impact report” for transparent reporting.
As far as winter boots go from TOMS, I’ve been eyeing the popular Kala Bootie in black suede for so long now, but the Black Metallic version is catching my eye. I’m also loving the sturdy Melrose Wedge Boot in Water Resistant Black and Kelsey Bootie in Black Zebra. Just about all of these come in a good variety of colors and finishes (including water resistant leathers), so click through to any of my picks below to see more!
“TOMS has always stood for a better tomorrow. Thirteen years later and nearly 100 million pairs of shoes given, we’ve come to understand that communities across the globe face new and complex challenges, and we believe it’s our responsibility to do more.”
“A better tomorrow is one where humanity thrives.
To us, that means no matter who you are or where you live, you feel physically safe, mentally healthy, and have equal access to opportunity. And, to support our vision of a thriving humanity, we now give both shoes and impact grants to partners around the world who are working to create positive change across these three areas.”
“As the Original One for One Company, we’ve always been in business to improve lives.
Since 2006, our community has given nearly 100 million pairs of shoes to people in need. And while shoes can have a big impact, we’ve learned that giving shoes and impact grants can have an even bigger impact.
Now, for every $3 we make, we give $1 away. This is our commitment—to our customers, to our partners, and to our future.”
“Our mission has always been using business to improve lives, and that includes taking good care of the place we all call home. We don’t have all the answers, but we’re committed to making choices that benefit our customers, employees, and the planet—from the materials and vendors we choose to the way we get each product to you.”
“Over the next five years, we’re expanding our sustainable practices in key areas of our business.”
“We don’t use the term “earth-friendly” loosely. In order for a product to be considered earthwise™, at least one of its main components must contain earth-friendly materials, and at a minimum percentage.”