I spend most of my professional life ( ok, a good portion of my personal life too) surrounded by designer fashion, accessories, and home furnishings that cost a small fortune. Handcrafted luxury goods have to be very expensive because there is no other way to create items in Europe and America.
Rarely do I get excited enough about every day pieces to want to write about them, but Tom's Shoes are in a class all on their own. The company, founded by Blake Mycoskie was created to sell shoes that would provide a pair for poor children for every pair that was sold. #OneForOne was the concept, and it quickly became a phenomenon. Since 2006, the company has provided over 35 million shoes to kids in need. The eye-wear collection was started in 2011, and has restored sight to over 275,000 children. The Coffee roasting division was started in 2014 and has provided over 67,000 weeks of clean water to families in developing countries. The new bag collection launching in 2015 will provide birth kits and training to those that deliver babies in the poorest of countries. Add to all of this amazing charitable work the fact that the company makes cool shoes you want to wear. More amazing, they don't cost a fortune, are easy to travel in, and have become one of the trendiest shoes to be seen wearing.
The iconic department store Nordstrom has built a strong following with it's reputation of wonderful customer service. For over 100 years the store has provided impeccable service, quality products, in pristine retail settings. Now with over 100 full service department stores, and almost 200 off-price stores the chain has a unique position. It caters to a wide range of clients who might feel just as comfortable at Macy's or Neiman Marcus. Somehow, Nordstrom serves all price points.
Starting with simple canvas slip-ons, the brand has evolved to sneakers, suede lace ups, woven leather, and more. There are men's & women's, children's, and now baby shoes!
You should buy the shoes to be charitable, but you'll buy them because you like them. Once you wear them, you will love them. If you travel, you must own a pair. In fact, I can't believe you already don't have at least one pair. I might have 10.. no joke. Having started as a shoe store in Seattle, it's no wonder that Nordstrom has an impressive shoe department in every store today. While women's shoe departments have become trendy in the last 10 years, Nordstrom has be doing double duty with amazing Men's and Women's shoe departments for decades.
Shop these and so many more Tom's styles at Nordstrom now. There are more in-store, but you can click images to buy dozens of options now. They make a great Father's Day gift for the cool dad in your life! #FathersDayGift - Click any of the links or images to shop for shoes now!