As students at Indiana University, we here specialize in multitasking: whether it's balancing studying with going out or shopping for clothing with shopping for food, we are masters in the circus ring of overlapping responsibilities. Why not add another task to our already busy lifestyles? Let's mix our responsibilities as shoppers and philanthropists! Enter TOM'S Shoes.

Tom's Shoes brand was created in 2006 by a Mr. Blake Mycoskie in efforts to create fair labor opportunities in Argentina, China, and Ethiopia. The name "TOM'S" is derived from the original project title "Shoes for Tomorrow Project". For every pair of TOM'S shoes sold, a pair gets donated to a child in need in lesser circumstances. Customers and students can purchase a pair of innovative, comfortable, practical shoes for a reasonable price while contributing to a global charity: business spurs a manufacturing opportunity in other countries while donating shoes to children without any.

This Fashionista paired her charcoal pair of TOM'S with a mid-length pair of cut-offs (a definite favorite of mine this fall- the best pair? You can buy them pre-cut OR you can make your own from an old pair of denim!) and an understated but oversized three quarter length top. This classically-clad Fashionista told me she works at Journey's where she actually sells those terrific TOM'S- oh to be a part of something so fantastic!

So take a break from your favorite gladiator sandals or Old Navy flipflops and visit TOM'S Shoes website to pick up a pair of globally conscious kicks: let's make one more reason why IU's students are the best and brightest!

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