In ancient times, walking on bare feet means one is a prisoner or a captive. It symbolizes humility. Ironically, at present, it means freedom. Regardless of meaning, our feet deserve comfort just as much as any other part of our body.
Shoes have their place in symbolism too. It is said that when one dreams about having new shoes, it means they are taking on a new direction in life. Shoes are even perceived as one’s understanding of something, as they are under them when they stand.
In life, a person will tread on rough paths more than smooth ones. Shoes represent hope. The hard times can be endured because of the gift of shoes. This is the message that TOMS wants to convey.
Tied with what they call “Thoughtful Partnerships”, TOMS gives to those in need with every purchase you make. They encourage the kindhearted to join their cause, providing for needs ranging from shoes, sight, water, access to education, improved health, and confidence building.
At present, TOMS has given 75 million pairs of new shoes to children. With more than 90 partners in more than 70 countries, TOMS has made a remarkable impact indeed. Because of this, they truly deserve to be our green hero for the week.