Recently the Sustainability Stewards, TERRA, and student government at the College of Idaho worked together to bring us the event TOMS Style Your Sole. In case you’re unfamiliar, with TOMS, it’s a shoe company dedicated to sustainable materials, and for each pair of shoes they sell, they give a free pair of shoes to barefoot children in developing countries. So buying a pair of TOMS shoes is not only a way of procuring fashionable, comfortable, eco-friendly shoes, they’re also guaranteeing that you’re helping someone in need.
The idea of the Style Your Sole event is to buy basic, plain white TOMS and then decorate them with your own signature style. When groups or organizations do this, they’re ensuring that many pairs of shoes will be donated. This spring the College of Idaho held a Style Your Sole event. I bought a pair of white TOMS to decorate. I made it my first art project of the summer to decorate them with my interpretation of Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Now I have a pair of comfortable shoes that convey my love of art to anyone who sees them.