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Shoemaker donates for every pair sold

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Is it just me or did summer just come and go faster than a fashionista scanning the aisles on an end-of-season shopping spree at Saks?

I swear it was just yesterday that I flipped my wardrobe for more colourful and lighter garment selections and stowed away my adorable booties and cozy sweaters. And it feels like it was just yesterday winter wanted to linger for as long as unseasonably possible.

So you can imagine I was thrown off my usual astute style senses when I realized back to school is just days away and I had yet to do any fun columns on the latest "it" look for tweens for the upcoming school session -- not a single word on awesome accessories, funky threads or cool kicks.

I would love to blame it on the fact that I don't have kids but the reality of the situation is I just plain lost track of time. Thankfully a quick scan of my inbox produced a lovely back-to-school find worth writing about.

In the past, I have written several columns about fashion philanthropy. It's a great thing -- you get the gift of fashion and in return you give a gift, often a donation, to a worthwhile cause. One of the best examples of this is shoe brand TOMS.

I've featured TOMS before, but not TOMS for kids -- which by the way, are far more adorable than TOMS for adults, because who doesn't love mini versions of things?

TOMS' back-to-school collection runs the gamut from the classic canvas slip-ons the company is known for, to cute ankle-cut high tops to Moroccan-style slippers. There are even pint-sized booties for preschoolers.

The great thing about TOMS -- other than the fact they donate a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair sold -- is that they are perfect for kids on the go. They are durable enough to hold up to some wear and tear; comfortable enough for kids to wear for long periods of time; and fashionable -- the kiddos will love them.


Got a suggestion for a future column or a fashion trend worth following? Email Connie Tamoto at connietamotofashion@hotmail.com.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 30, 2014 D13

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