One for One.

I GOT A PACKAGE IN THE MAIL YESTERDAY.  It was so exciting.  Here in Mayberry, we all pick up our mail from the community watering hole, which is open for business on Monday through Friday from 9-5 {though we can still pick up our mail from the P.O. boxes at any time of night—we just can’t talk to a human unless it’s during business hours}.

Anyway, last Saturday night, Poor Kyle and I stopped by the watering hole to pick up our mail, and what to my wondering eye should appear, but a “You Have a Package” card!

Mail Card

We Mayberrians get these cards in our boxes whenever an oversize package comes for us—we have to go talk to the humans behind the counter and trade our little card for the real deal.  I was so excited, because I am a normal human being and therefore thrill at the idea of getting packages in the mail.  My bubble soon deflated a bit, though, when I realised it was a weekend and I wouldn’t be able to pick up my package until Monday.

Don’t worry though—time passes.  It always does.  I was like a little kid before Christmas on Sunday night, for all my anticipation of getting my mail the next morning.  I kept telling myself, “The sooner you go to sleep, the sooner you can wake up and get your package.  Go to sleep.  Go to sleep.  GO TO SLEEP.”  Finally my positive self-talk worked, and the next thing I knew, it was Monday!  Hurrah!  I threw back my down comforter, LEAPT out of bed, ran out of the house to get in the truck, ran back in the house to put on a bra because it’s the watering hole and you never know who you’ll run into there, ran out to the truck once again, flew down Main Street to the watering hole, raced inside, and held up my golden ticket victoriously, for all the world to see.

The lady behind the counter looked at me like I had two heads, but it didn’t matter.  Nothing mattered except that I got my package.

Panting, I declared, “Hi…(gasp)…I’m here to (gasp) pick up my package.  (Gasp…gasp…)  I have a card, see?”

She was unimpressed—it was almost like she saw cards like that every day, or something.  Anyway, I was not about to let Little Miss Pattycake Pessimist rain on my parade.  I just grinned and waited for my surprise.  She went to the back room and rummaged around, and finally—FINALLY!—I was awarded with my package.

I about peed my pants when I tore it open.  It was a cardboard box, and inside that box was another box that looked like this:

TOMS Gift Box

It was a gift card/DVD set for a pair of my long-coveted TOMS shoes, compliments of one of the maybe 10 friends I have in the world—my dear, dear Chelsie.

If you haven’t heard about this awesome company, you’ve been living under a rock for the past year.  They have revolutionised a new business/charitable model that allows them to donate one pair of shoes to a poverty-stricken person for every one pair purchased.  What does this mean?  It means that you are paying top dollar for what is probably a very inexpensive shoe—the price of one shoe has to cover the cost of making two pairs of shoes, plus the expenses of traveling throughout the world on monthly shoe drops for poor countries, and still make a profit on top of that.

So yes, the cheap shoes are expensive.  BUT it’s for a really good cause—it’s more than you see Nike™ or Adidas™ doing right now. [If you’re interested, you can see a two-minute movie of what they’re about right here.]

Anyway, I’ve been meaning to buy a pair with my own money for a long time now, but Chelsie took care of it for me, which was so sweet and thoughtful of her.  I can’t wait to order my shoes—I spent hours yesterday debating online which pair I should get.

But that’s where I’ve run into some trouble, my friends: I can’t decide!

So I need your help, if you please.  I’ve picked out my top choices, and I would like to put it to a vote.  I’ll order whichever pair gets the most votes in the comment section, so choose carefully—I don’t want to get stuck looking like a nerd with bright purple shoes (don’t worry, though—I didn’t include the bright purple ones in the choices {I’m too conservative to walk around with purple feet}).

Of course, I don’t expect you to help me for no good reason, like you like me or something.  So what’s in it for you?

If you all choose well enough, and the shoes come and I like them as much as I THINK I’m going to like them, I will take the money I would’ve spent on my own pair, and instead spend it on YOU.  Kind of like TOMS’S One-for-One policy, but on my own terms.  Well, not all of you, but one of you.  I will not be holding a second giveaway—I will select from the comments on THIS VERY POST.  You can tell all your friends, or you can keep the secret to yourself (better odds that way).

How’s that for a read-the-fine-print giveaway?

Anyway, so here’s my top six picks (all images courtesy of

BLACKTOMS1015-SBlack.  Straightforward and conservative.

GREY-TOMSGrey.  Straightforward and slightly less (but not much) conservative.

Natural Canvas TOMSsNatural Canvas.  Straightforward and are you sensing a theme?

BROWN SUEDE TOMSBrown Suede.  I like the idea of suede.  And brown.

POETOMSPoe is the name of this pattern, but it looks more like Herringbone to me.  Either way, it’s the only patterned style I picked of the entire six choices.  I guess that’s saying something.

SAND_BROWN SUEDE TOMSSand & Brown Suede, lined with fleece.  Would be good for the brrr of the upcoming Canadian winter.

So there you have it.  My TOMS™ choices.  If you think all my choices are atrocious and you’d like to place a write-in vote, check out the other women styles available here.

Please help me choose—I don’t want to waste this precious gift.

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50 Responses to One for One.

  1. Katie says:

    I like the gray ones. But those fleece-lined ones are probably SUPER cozy! Happy shopping!!

  2. kristy says:

    if it were me buying i’d actually buy the vegan chocolate wrap boot, but if u’d rather have a shoe i’d go with the brown madras, but since it doesn’t sound like you like pattern much i’d go with the grey shoes you have picked.

  3. Lauren W says:

    Ok, because I like to talk (err.. type), and because I like to think that my opinion matters, I’d like to go shoe by shoe and give my two cents before giving my final shoe choice.
    Black, very classic, love the polka-dots, but they will probably fade and show dirt easily.
    Grey, I love the grey. They’re the pair that I myself have considered. Not black, not white, different, but still pretty classic.
    Natural, they look very nice while they’re clean, but goodness knows they will get grimy quickly.
    Brown Suede, they’re so lovely. A wonderful color, nice and cozy looking. Is suede hard to clean? (are you sensing a pattern here?)
    I LOVE the Poes. They are a wonderful pattern with just a hint of color for good measure.
    Sand & Brown suede, they’re lovely, very warm looking, I wonder if they’ll be tough to keep that way…
    Anyway… all of that to say, my vote is the Grey. I feel like those would be worn the most and would coordinate with anything. That, and I have a love of grey. The end.

  4. Liz says:

    I like the brown suede ones! They look comfy!

  5. Geneva says:

    Fleece all the way. Say hello to your new “quick errand” shoes. And “I’m a socially responsible college student shoes.” And we can’t forget the “I value comfort on top of style. Fight the man!” shoes.

    I think I might get the black for me though. Just so I can wear them everyday to school and go “They’re black right? That means they are professional.”

    Good luck in your decision making!

  6. Jordan says:

    I vote for the grey ones- I imagine them looking very good with a pair of jeans.
    The fleece ones woulddd be pretty darn comfy though :)

  7. Aubrey says:

    The brown suede ones get my vote!!

  8. chelsie says:

    It doesn’t really matter which you decide upon, because you will want another pair. Maybe you should have just put the money toward a second pair for you!!! But, one thing about them is that they are very thin. I use them in place of flip flops ie. I don’t wear socks or anything… so if you want to wear them during this treacherous winter, I would go with the fleece lined.

  9. Jenn says:

    I vote black or grey. I am boring like that. They will go with everything!

  10. Alyssa says:

    I write-in the gold glitter ones.

    JK. I’d have to say gray.

  11. DeAnna says:

    I love the sand & brown suede with fleece ones. They definately would be warm for around the house during winter or outside during our chilly fall we are having. Once upon a time I worked in a shoe store, the kind that sold high end shoes/purses and I have to say these Tom Shoes look way comfier than any of the shoes that were in that store. Oh and my second choice would be the brown suede ones. Good luck with your choice.

  12. D'Rae says:

    I would go for the black. They would be the most versitle.

  13. mameelynn says:

    I would say the fleece ones because of the cold I know is in Mayberry….. and because of your lack of turning on the heat… You don’t want your feet to freeze… My 2nd choice would be the brown suede ones but that is because I pretty much were brown shoes most of the time…

  14. The Poe pattern is most definitely the raddest. Love them!

    That Chelsie is a stellar gal.

  15. Sand and Brown Suede. So cute!

  16. Spencer says:

    I prefer the natural canvas ones. However, they are more subject to getting dirty than others, so that might not be the best choice. Second would be the herringbone/poe.

  17. lindsay says:

    i LOVE the grey ones…
    adam has white ones, and he says they get really dirty pretty quick, so i would avoid the lighter colored ones like the natural canvas. I tried chelsie’s on too, and they are soooo comfy – i’m so excited for you!

    and i love your excitement at receiving a package! jared and i ordered new phones and i almost called in to work yesterday just so i could get the box from the fedex guy!

  18. Katie says:

    Definitely go for the grey. It goes with everything (even brown, now!), and will stay looking like it does. Natural is cute, but will get dirty…suede might get gross in the rain…herringbone looks (to me) a bit like a wanna-be-punk-slash-indie-rockstar. Grey is definitely the way to go – and they’ll look so dang cool with your awesome new Anthropologie coat. ;)

  19. Definitely the suede or herringbone. You don’t have to put me in for the give-away, because they are not my style, but what a great, sweet idea! And written in your usual witty style.

  20. Tisha says:

    I LOVE the herringbone/Poe. Honestly, I don’t think you could go wrong with any of them! I mean, they’re shoes and they’re cute, not mention globally resbonsible. What else do you need!

  21. jami says:

    well I really like the wool brown and cream one…but that might be hard to wear with lots of things. But what do I know about fashion…maybe they would go with lots of things.
    I think the gray one would go with lots of things. You could wear them all the time.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Crap. Why do you ask these things? I go to In-N-Out Burger because they give their customers very few choices, and that’s how I like it. Couldn’t you have narrowed it down a tad more? Dangit. Well, I guess I’m going with the brown. But I like the grey, too. And I like the cream, but those would get dirty, so no deal. The brown with cream are nice, too, but they might get dirty… What to do? What to do? Grey or brown. That’s as far as I can narrow it down.

  23. TeamHaynes says:

    Oh how I love Tom’s shoes! I’ve been drooling over them for over a year but I’ve put them on hold because somehow food comes before shoes around here. Anyway, I totally think the sand and brown suede would suit you very well. Especially with the fleece!
    Aren’t packages fun? My last package was when I used the last of our wedding gift cards (over a year later) and I spent til my heart’s content from Crate and Barrel. Oh that was so fun! A lot of money goes a little way at that store but we got some much needed items. Hearing the UPS guy buzz our door is such a good feeling! Stuff! Yes!

  24. Rachel says:

    I have to vote for the Sand and Brown Suede. They look super cozy and make my feet and my heart (because they’re Tom’s and will be helping someone in need) very happy just looking at them.

  25. Amiee Inge... says:

    there are not enough votes for the poe shoe! herringbone is the best, and i like ’em! plus, they have a totally cutesy pattern on the inside.

  26. Camberley says:

    Ekkkk. Too many choices!

    I say you go GREY. I love grey things (I may be biased).

  27. Kelly says:

    I’m liking the black since it’s a very versatile color!

  28. Cristin says:

    I like the grey ones and I really want these shoes! Remember me, okay?

  29. Tracy says:

    Hmm hard decision. I like the grey. So cute! I have been living in a box apparently because I have never heard of them before but I just checked out the website and am loving them!! Hmm, maybe I will order the grey ones. ..

  30. GRANMAMA says:

    No ofense to Celsey, or to fashion, but I think they are all ugly and look like something you get at D.I. If I had to choose one of them it would be the brown one.

  31. jetro says:

    one to five, ech. fleece lined six, with all my favourite colours, bootiful.
    shoes are good. i like the shape of these.

  32. Carmen says:

    Hey, sorry I haven’t commented for a while, because I haven’t read your blog for a while, busy busy, but am catching up. I wouldn’t miss a post, because I love each of them. They make me smile which is why I read your blog. They make me laugh. They make me think. 3 good reasons to read. Anyways, back to the shoes…I would have to say the grey. The suede will not look nice once the wet snow hits them, white will get too dirty too fast here in Canada, and the fleece lined, well that one would be okay, but my choice would still be grey.

  33. jetro says:

    i only wear flipflops or athleticky sandals long into octombre…an all encompassing canvas shoe i could do. someday i’ll grab a brain, walk about barefoot, and grow some number of extra toes.

    (i saw so many fun lovely squirrels bounding about in my new neighbourhood today. they’re so calm there. like the humans aren’t a threat. i had a conversation with a red haired lovely chirping to his/her mate. it was so nice to see him/her not run away. i love my new neighbourhood.)

  34. Kristen says:

    I like the gray ones. One, I think gray is a nice color. It has the neutrality of black without being seen as harsh. Two, it won’t show dirt like the white pair would. Can’t wait to see you showing them off!

  35. Christal says:

    brown or black loving the idea!!! You are awesome!!

  36. molly says:

    Holy comments, batman!

    I am trying to not only think of what I LIKE best, but also imagine you wearing the shoes. SO my vote is for brown suede.

  37. Rachel says:

    1) I love packages. I had an ebay habit that I had to kill, and the big part of the draw was all the packages

    2) I am now going to start referring to people as “Little Miss Pattycake Pessimist”.

    3) The brown suede. There are not enough brown suede shoes in this world.

  38. Rachel says:

    I would go for the red canvas ones on the website, but that’s just because I have a thing for red shoes.

    Out of the ones you picked…I think the brown suede.

    Enjoy your shoe shopping!

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  40. afton says:

    oh camille how i love TOMS! i have been coveting them for a long while now and think i’m going to splurge this winter for a pair of their grey boots! i want to get a classic pair first though because you can never have too many shoes. as for your choices… i love the poe! the grey are really nice as well and could go with anything but my vote is for the poe. they’re still natural colors that go with everything but the awesome pattern give them a little something interesting which is always nice. and with these type of shoes you can’t go wrong with a little pattern. do it!

  41. kat says:

    I choose Poe! It goes so well with your coloring. I think I saw something on tv about these shoes. I think it was a cell phone commercial for the CEO or founder. He talked about how he had to personally deliver the shoes all over the world so he needed a great cell plan with great coverage.

  42. grey. grey. grey. OF COURSE.

    um, and here’s some slightly depressing news for you about tom’s. one of our highroller clients is buddies with them, and politely informed me that they are hardly making any profit at all. so really, their business model isn’t quite working yet. here’s to hoping it will soon though, right? cause everything else about them is amazing.

  43. Whitney says:

    I think you should choose the gray the lighter ones will get dirty.

  44. Allison says:

    Go for the herringbone ones. Not doubt about it! They are fantastic.

  45. Dayna Bailly says:

    I vote grey!! If not my second favorite is the fleece ones :)

  46. Hannah says:

    POE! Nuff said.

  47. The ones with the fur in them for winter… but I love the gray color. So, maybe get gray with fur in them?

    How sweet of your friend to do that for you. I always say that if I am ever rich someday I am going to hand gifts out left and right- but I will be thoughtful about it like your friend was. It’s so nice to get a gift from someone who put a lot of thought into it.

    Have fun with your new shoes!

  48. I’m probably too late…but I’ll just tell you anyways, that I like the fleece and the poe!

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