Best of 2006: Tom Tom Club

It’s that time again — when we prepare to ring in the new by celebrating the best of the past year. So this week, we give you some of our favorite stories from 2006.

Originally published  in Everywhere on 5/9/06

The sun may very well come out tomorrow.

But rather than bet your bottom dollar on it, why not spend your cash on something that’ll brighten your day in another way?

Try Toms Shoes on for size. A modern-day take on the alpargatas (a traditional utility shoe of Argentinian workers), the slip-ons have espadrille-esque canvas uppers, soft leather insoles, and flip-flop-like bottoms. Simple, comfy, light, affordable, and available in eighteen colors, they have everything it takes to be the perfect summer shoe.

For each pair of Toms Shoes you buy, the company will donate a pair to a child in need from Los Piletones, a small village not far from Buenos Aires, where the shoes are manufactured antisweatshop style. And for those of you who just can’t wait to get your feet into them, there’s overnight shipping.

That way, your Toms are only a day away.

Available online at tomsshoes.com.