When the new year rolls around, I always think of fresh starts. And right up there with my purchases that celebrate that “out with the old, in with the new” mantra are, you guessed it, shoes. (After all, do we really need an excuse to buy a new pair?) This year, however, I’m looking at some newer additions to my closet (and my kids’ wardrobe) that do more than keep our tootsies toasty. Adding a little “oomph” to my tried-and-true, but tired moccasins collection is this silver glitter pair from TOMS. Not only are they festive and comfortable, but buying them will put some warmth in your heart: for every pair purchased, the company donates shoes to a child in need (yes, they also offer stylish shoes for men and children). Speaking of the kiddies, we’re also looking toward spring when we can finally put away those winter boots and break out a fresh pair of walking shoes. (Is it just me or are you also tired of seeing your kids in sneakers all the time?) I love the look, feel and buttery smell of leather mocs from Venettini. Their kids’ shoes come in lovely pastel shades that beg of warm, sunny days ahead, but we can also appreciate the universal appeal of neutral shades like these grey crocodile patent leather ones.
In a Nutshell: Nothing says new year like a brand spanking new pair of shoes. Celebrate 2011 in style and give something back with these smart purchases.