After my last post about wedding dresses, it’s only natural that now I talk about — what else? — shoes!
When you’re aiming for an eco-friendly wedding, what’s on your feet (and most likely covered by your dress the whole time) is a pretty low priority. Unless, that is, it can serve a bigger and better purpose.
Enter TOMS Shoes — a company that operates under the model that for every pair of shoes purchased, another pair is donated to a child in need.
If that’s not a good enough reason to buy a pair of TOMS, they’re also made with recycled materials in factories that pay fair wages and adhere to local labor regulations, TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie told Treehugger Radio in 2008. Plus, they’ve got vegan shoe options, as well.
TOMS Wedding Collection
And now, TOMS has a wedding collection! Granted, most of the shoes in their wedding line aren’t any different from their normal selection (or their prom selection!), and they’re not what you’d typically expect to see a bride and groom — or an entire bridal party — wearing, but the idea seems to be catching on.
TOMS was even featured in the Winter 2011 issue of Eco-Beautiful Weddings magazine.
In addition, TOMS’ website offers printable templates for your wedding, so you can incorporate their mission into your invitations, place seating and table number cards, and more.
Both Women’s and Men’s Styles
Some of TOMS’ wedding shoes are glittery (including a “something blue” model), and some are slightly dressier wedge options that I really love. The guys’ collection is pretty standard, with lace-up or slip-on options — and while they may look out of place with a tux, I think they could make a really cool social (not to mention fashion) statement. We’ll see if my groom agrees!
What do you think of the TOMS Shoes wedding collection?
[Photo: Eco-Beautiful Weddings]