“In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in a village in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One.” – Official TOMS Facebook Page
You’ve been thoroughly interested in becoming a better person. You want to do well in the world and save all the children and promote human welfare (whatever that means). But how do you go about it? Read self-help books? Become a missionary? Pray? Tutor? Maybe dabble in a little community service?
Or you could buy a pair of TOMS instead to let everyone know that you’re just paying it forward. Helping out the children around the world, no big deal. It was a small price to pay but you were there – willing and ready. You go get ‘em tiger. So to help you on your path to becoming a humanitarian we’ve listed seven shoe stores in Toronto to buy the shoes that just keep on giving.
It may be the Drake Hotel’s gift shop but this general store is far from traditional. You won’t find typical Toronto trinkets or souvenirs but instead, a nicely curated collection that captures inspiration from classic general stores, museum shops and flea market stands from around the world. Products range from Canadiana to women’s and menswear, kids, accessories, housewares and much more.
If you’re looking for a specific style or brand of shoes then your best bet is to visit Getoutside. This downtown location is by far one of the best selections of classic and name brand footwear in the city of Toronto. The list of brands in addition to TOMS includes Birkenstock, Converse, Hunter, Keds, Sorel, Vans, and so much more. Don’t expect to walk away disappointed either because the stock is truly unreal.
Now if you’re set on buying a pair of TOMS (nothing else) and aren’t easily persuaded into buying all the shoes in the world then by all means, Little Burgundy carries the brand. However, if the sight of beautiful sneakers or sandals and the smell of leather is a formula that keeps you up at night then don’t visit Little Burgundy. Brands include ASH, Jeffry Campbell, Dr. Martens, Nike, T.U.K, and so much more.
Personally, I have a love-hate relationship with Aritzia. It stems from wanting everything in the store but needing money for food. First world problems, you know? Beside the beautiful collection of clothing and accessories there’s a pair of TOMS with your name on it. Just don’t start pairing it with a Marine Floppy Tote or an Adrian Blouse because one thing leads to the other and next thing you know, you can’t pay rent this month.
Maybe not the biggest selection of brands at Capezio but the labels they do carry come with a pretty hefty price tag. If you have a thirst for that designer lifestyle then you’ll be happy to know that the store carries Marc by Marc Jacobs, Messeca, Michael by Michael Kors, Miista, and more. Come to think about it, if you’re at Capezio to buy a pair of TOMS it was probably just a side thought.
This downtown location is a given for specific sneakers and brands. The list of products is way too long to list but includes the likes of WESC, Vans, Keds, and DC Shoes. The clothing and accessories also has that comfortable appeal but can be a little overwhelming to sift through. However, if you’re up for it, Boathouse is a great one-stop shop to buy wardrobe necessities.
This independent, family-operated business has been running for well over 35 years and is practically a landmark in the Bloor-Yorkville area. While Over the Rainbow originally started as a tailor-made denim store, the establishment now boasts a wide selection of women’s and menswear, accessories, outerwear, and more. Brand selection includes DV by Dolce Vita, Sam Edelman, and UGG.
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