This time of year, I start thinking about how wonderful it will be when I no longer have to wear shoes all the time. The weather is getting warmer (a little) here in the Pacific Northwest and we are getting a few dry stretches (a few days) without rain, and I start getting antsy to ditch the sneakers and boots I’ve been wearing all winter and just go barefoot all the time. In my house, out to the mailbox, through the soft grass in the backyard… aaaaaaahhhhhh…. To just let my feet breathe.
My kids look forward to this as well, whether they think consciously about it or not. All summer long, my kids don’t wear shoes, for the most part. In fact, at home, they wear shoes so seldom that we frequently have trouble finding their shoes (or at least one of them) when we are trying to leave to go somewhere. Or they jumped into the car without their shoes on and I didn’t notice until we get where we’re going. Yes, I’ve had to carry my barefoot youngest into the grocery store on more than one occasion and heave him up into the cart because he forgot to put shoes on…
BUT, my kids have shoes. Whether or not they choose to wear them is my biggest problem. What if that wasn’t my biggest problem? What if I didn’t have any shoes to force my kids to wear in the summer-time. Or worse, in the winter, when it’s cold and wet out? What if they had to go to school, but they didn’t have any shoes to wear? Or if the shoes they did have were falling apart or too small for them?
It kind of makes me rethink the tragedy of not being able to find the second sandal when we’re trying to leave. I am very thankful that I’ve never had to deal with choosing between new shoes for my kids or food on the table.
This is where this great campaign comes in that Skechers shoes has going on. We all know Skechers. Super-cool sneakers and shoes for kids and adults. My daughter, especially, thinks Skechers are the greatest, and would love nothing more than about 10 different pairs the Twinkle Toes shoes! Right now, Skechers has another line of shoes called BOBS. These are a simple, cute, casual shoe that come in a variety of colors and fabrics.
Aside from the cute factor, the great thing about BOBS by Skechers is that for every pair of BOBS that are purchased, Skechers will donate a new pair of shoes to a child in need! New shoes for someone who really needs them! How awesome is that? So far, through the BOBS program, Skechers has donated more than 3 million pairs of new shoes to underprivileged children in the U.S. and around the world.
I was sent a couple pairs to try out, and I must admit, they are really cute. At first, I thought neither of them was really my style. I set them aside, in my ‘pile’ of stuff I need to take a closer look at, and just let them stare at me for a couple of days. Guess what, they grew on me. The green canvas ones are SO bright! I am usually very practical with my shoes, opting for neutral browns or blacks, so I won’t have to think too hard about whether they match my clothes. That said, I am a firm believer that a pop of color on your feet can be one of the best accessories to your outfit. The other pair is equally adventurous, with the oranges and the funky pattern, but I think I like them too. They’re even lined with cute fabric on the inside and my teenager approved of them! ::gasp::
Now that I’ve had them on my feet a couple of times, the only criticism I have is that they rub the backs of my ankles a little bit. I wore them barefoot, so I want to try them with a pair of those low-profile no-show socks, because I’m pretty sure that would solve the problem.
So, cute shoes that do good by making sure kids have shoes to wear to school or out to play? Sounds like a winner to me.
Rachel is also a MOMS club member. She is thankful for the blessing of staying home to raise her three crazy, wonderful kids. In addition to scrapbooking, she likes knitting, gardening, reading, blogging and otherwise avoiding the housework she should be doing. You can read about her adventures and disasters at rachel’s ramblings.