The Surprising Reason To Buy More Shoes

0 Comments By Deb | Posted June 28, 2013

red shoesI’ve always loved shoes. I joke that it’s a genetic trait passed down from my mom. My closet is full of gorgeous shoes that I can no longer wear but can’t part with. My love affair with shoes will never end but my definition of a gorgeous pair of shoes changed last week at the SHRM conference in Chicago.

There were many fabulous speakers. The one that touched my heart was Blake Mycoskie. Seven years ago, Blake learned first-hand that many children in Argentina did not have shoes. The implications went beyond injury and illness since without shoes, these children cannot attend school. So Blake founded Toms Shoes with the simple premise that for every pair of shoes purchased, a pair would be donated to a child who had none.

He shared a story I’ve now retold many times. While in Argentina distributing the first batch of shoes, a mother of three ran to him sobbing with joy. Through an interpretor she told him her children had shared one pair of shoes. The oldest son would wear them on Monday; on Tuesday the middle child and Wednesday, the youngest child. Thursday, the oldest would be able to return to school. With their new Toms Shoes, all three could now make the hour trek to school, changing their lives forever.

We all want to make a difference in the lives of others. Being in HR makes a difference. I never expected my love of shoes to make a difference. Check out for more about the Toms story.

About the Author

By Deb Graham: Entrepreneur, organizational behavior enthusiast, world traveler and avid learner, Deb applies her curiosity and passion for personal growth to the work environment. She enjoys helping women navigate the business world, add value to their workplace and manage their careers.

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