Anyone that knows me is aware of my blatant hatred of TOMS shoes. Yesterday was my University’s “Day Without Shoes” thing, and I didn’t see a single person walking around shoeless. I laughed a little inside. Please, let me explain my reasoning:
Essentially, these shoes are a piece of canvas cloth wrapped around some kind of sole. They probably cost less than $10 to produce (and that’s being very generous.) HOWEVER, they feel the need to charge upwards of $50 for these “shoes”…and people actually buy them! $50 will buy me a decent pair of running shoes, or a few pairs of heels because I am incredibly cheap and shop at Shoe Carnival. No shame.
“But wait,” you say, “TOMS donates a pair of shoes to a kid in Africa for every pair you buy!” Please, let me make you aware of the fact that for MILLIONS upon MILLIONS of years, humans roamed the earth without shoes on their feet. Shoes are quite over rated. I walk around barefoot all the time, because I like the feeling of ground under my feet. The people getting the shoes in Africa REALLY DON’T NEED THEM. They were getting along fine without them before TOMS stepped in.
This is also a strategic marketing ploy to get you to buy a product because you think you’re being socially conscious. If you really want to be socially conscious, read “Creating A World Without Poverty” by Muhammed Yunus. He explains in there that the “help” these companies do is minimal if any, and the purpose of helping others is only to increase the company’s profit. AND IT WORKS. You can’t blame them for doing it.
Please tell me I am not alone in this. I think donating your time is much more beneficial than paying $50 for a pair of shoes that will MAYBE last you a year, and look like crap after you’ve worn them a few times.
Where I work, we have a station that plays music on a loop. I’ve had to listen to “Kissing You” by Miranda Cosgrove twice today. Quite frankly, I am appalled (and annoyed). If you haven’t heard this song, please look at the lyrics. It has to be the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard.
If a kiss like the one she’s describing exists, I want someone to teach my boyfriend how to do it-because never have I forgotten how to breathe, never has time frozen, and my senses have not come “alive.” Is it just me, or have we really started romanticizing relationships and putting them on a pedestal for teenagers? It’s almost like you’re worthless if you haven’t had this one AMAZING kiss, and you keep waiting and waiting to find that ONE PERSON to deliver it. And I will be completely honest, the Cancerian I am, I bought into this fantasy for a really long time. Once I figured out that kissing is just…well, kissing, I was a whole lot better off.
The other half of this argument is the state of music today. If I had a child, and she actually thought that what they’re marketing to teenagers is real music, I just might disown her. (But of course I would raise my daughter on a steady diet of old bands so she would never be this delusional) You are seriously telling me that Miranda Cosgrove is making money off a voice that is most likely digitally altered and songs that she didn’t even write? Excuse me, but if you want a song about real love, listen to “Dying” by Hole. Or “Happy” by NeverShoutNever. I would even be content with “Someone Like You” by Adele. Because all these songs (besides being written by the actual artist) are true interpretations of love: it isn’t heart-stoppingly romantic all the time. Sometimes it’s pretty shitty, and sometimes it’s really sweet. Can we please raise our children with realistic ideas about relationships? Then maybe we’ll see divorce rates go down.