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TOMS Shoes: Shop for a Good Cause in Chicago

A few weeks ago, my 21-year-old god sister asked me to purchase her a pair of shoes as her back-to-school gift. I wasn’t aware that college students received back-to-school anything, but she’s a great student, a hard worker and my mini-me, so I said yes. In her effort to convince me why she needed these particular shoes, she explained that a portion of the funds go towards  shoes for children in Africa.

TOMS Vegan Leopard Print Shoe (Fall 2010 Style)

TOMS Vegan Leopard Shoe (Fall 2010 Style)

I will be honest. I had a flashback of some of the shenanigans I pulled as an early 20-something. The first thing that I said to her was, “Girl, if you want the shoes just say THAT!” She directed me to the website of TOMS and it is there that I learn that his purchases really do support a good cause. This September, the company expects that it will deliver its One Millionth pair of shoes which, in my opinion, is pretty remarkable. Needless to say, I will be forking over the cash so that she can get her Leopard Print TOMS and I will be copping a pair as well! You should join us in shopping for a cause.

TOMS are available nationwide, but can be purchased at these Chicago retailers:

122 S. State St.
Chicago, Illinois 60603

1849 W. North Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60622

The Blue Jeans Bar
2210 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, Illinois 60614

55 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60611

The Dress Doctor
845 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Piggy Toes
2205 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, Illinois 60614

His Stuff Chicago
5314 N. Clark St.
Chicago, Illinois 60640

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