Not much of a shopper in recent years [the bike thing usually keeps the bank account reasonably depleted], temperatures in the 60s greeted me the other day as I stepped out in black jeans and sneakers. I knew this whole spring thing was coming around, but I had assumed I’d have a few more weeks to get my thighs shorts-ready.
The sun warm enough to make me sweat, it also reminded me that my black leather sneakers are not optimal for spring. So when I stepped into a shoe store with a best friend last weekend, I walked out with a new pair of TOMS shoes.
Founded in part as an initiative to provide one pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair sold, most TOMS shoes are also vegan-friendly, super cute, and oh-so-comfy. I had assumed the sole would be paper thin, like the chucks I nearly wore through a few years ago, but it’s less ballet flat and more like having clouds wrapped around your toes. I love them [even if they don’t come with road cleats...which is saying a lot].
And lest you think that this is completely unrelated to cycling, TOMS also sponsors a competitive cycling team made up of cyclists across the nation. Look out for the light blue, white, and black kits at a race near you [wait, I guess everyone has one of those this season...], and remember to bring a pair of TOMS for your own post-race podium shot...or to your next Spring Classics viewing party.