Big Help For Little Feet
03.30.11 Protect your tot's tootsies and another child's at the same time with TOMS.
Want to feel good not only about what you put on your child's, but on other kids' as well? Then pick up a pair of Tiny TOMS. These shoes are Earth-friendly, featuring a natural textile upper and lead-free dyes. They're also kid-friendly: Velcro closures or elastic bands help fumble-fingered toddlers get the shoes on and off, while the soles are soft and pliable—good for new walkers.
TOMS is celebrating its annual One Day Without Shoes on April 5. The company wants you to go barefoot for a full day, an hour or even just one minute to raise awareness about children in need. Two major walks are in the works to commemorate the day—one in New York City and another in Los Angeles.
But perhaps the best part of all: For every pair of shoes sold, one pair is given to a child in need. Since the company's inception in 2006, more than 1 million pairs have been donated to children in various countries, including Argentina, Africa and the United States.
Available on its website in six styles for $34 to $38, Tiny TOMS fit children as young as 5 months. Youth and adult styles are also available. (Note: Sizes tend to run small, so consider ordering a full size up.)
Visit TOMS' One Day Without Shoes website for everything you need to commemorate this day—from posters and flyers to a list of events being held around the world.
If your child is almost ready for a first pair of shoes, follow our experts' tips to help your little one put his or her best foot forward!
—Carole Anderson Lucia