You probably know that when you buy a pair of TOMS, you’re putting shoes on the feet of an underprivileged kid. But did you know the company has started a full-fledged trend? We found several other brands that offer awesome gear while also giving back to the world. Check ’em out.
Zady: Everything from belts to chinos to button-down shirts can be had at Zady. It’s the place for locally sourced materials and sustainable clothing, in partnership with the Bootstrap Project, which helps start micro-businesses in the developing world.
Krochet Kids: This company empowers women in Uganda and Peru by teaching them to crochet stylish hats, t-shirts, hoodies and bags. Proceeds go to support their communities in the form of jobs, education and mentorship.
Warby Parker: Warby Parker has made a name for itself with classic, timeless eyewear at pretty reasonable price points. And along the lines of the Toms model, when you buy yourself the gift of style, you buy someone else the gift of sight.
4Sight Sunglasses: Similar to Warby, 4Sight gives you a chance to score some slick shades while they send a pair of corrective lenses to someone in need. Last time we checked, Wayfarers can’t do that.
Mission Belt Co.: Along with other apparel, Mission Belt Co. sells these awesome belts with a special clasp system that guarantees they fit perfectly. (Trust us, we’ve tried them!) A dollar from every belt sold aids the fight against world hunger through the micro-lending website Kiva.
Combat Flip Flops: It’s an ironic name, as is the slogan “Bad for running. Worse for fighting.” Founded by former Army Rangers, the company supports small business in Afghanistan, making rugged flip-flops, bags and other products that put as many locals to work as possible.
FIGS: FIGS sells medical scrubs and gives the same to doctors in places like Ecuador, Kenya, Honduras, Haiti and South Sudan. And hey, even if you don’t work in the medical or dental field, you can still score a sweet v-neck.
High Sierra PublicPak: Not only are you getting a great backpack for daily urban use when you buy a High Sierra PublicPak, you’re also helping to provide a backpack for the homeless through the CITYPAK program. Note: We’ve tried these packs, and they are fantastic.
Juntos Project: The Juntos Project offers classic, timeless sneakers reminiscent of Converse Jack Purcells. This is the shoe for the country of Ecuador. And buying them helps fill a backpacks with school supplies for kids in need. Which, let’s face it, is a pretty cool story to tell to that cutie who just complimented your footwear.
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