September 21, 2011
"In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One. Blake returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends and staff later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by TOMS customers."
An awesome missions statement. So awesome that other companies are copying them. Bobs by Skechers is ultimately the same. Skechers partnered up with Soles 4 Souls and is promising two pairs of shoes donated for everyone one sold.
"SKECHERS USA, Inc. a global leader in the footwear industry and the Number 2 footwear brand in the United States*, today announced that for every pair of BOBS alpagarta shoes sold, the Company will donate two pairs of BOBS shoes to children in need through the Soles4Souls shoe charity organization."
Although I felt kind of crummy about Skechers totally copying the idea, the ultimate point of this is that now there are two great companies that are donating shoes to children that really need them.
So okay, I bought the pair of Bobs shoes from Famous Footwear after doing some research on them. They're super comfortable, and glittery, and look EXACTLY THE SAME. I kind of wish they looked a little different. Then I wouldn't feel like I was the one copying Toms. Oh well. (pssst - the Bobs were half the price)
Posted at 2:53 PM