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Adidas Developing €1 Shoes for Bangladesh

Sorta staying in the same inspirational mood as yesterday’s post about TOMS Shoes, Adidas announced earlier this week that it was in the process of developing extremely cheap trainers to aid the millions of people worldwide who do not own shoes. As it hasn’t finalized the design and/or production costs of the shoe yet, it hasn’t finalized a price yet either. But Adidas is aiming for a €1 price point (about $1.50USD). The company plans to begin production in Bangladesh next year.

Can you imagine: shell-toes for about $1.50?

Can you imagine: shell-toes for $1.50?

Adidas likely isn’t doing this for the most admirable of reasons, like TOMS Shoes. Sports apparel companies like Adidas and Nike continually come under fire for exploiting workers in developing countries. This is probably just a move to clean up the company image a bit. Still, this is very positive news and hopefully, it’s a sign of a growing trend of socially responsible business. And hopefully, Adidas also decides to promote their new shoes by reuniting Run-DMC (with all due respect to the late Jam Master Jay, of course).

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TOMS Shoes Founder Speaks on New Shoes and Spreading Philanthropy

Running With Heels recently ran a good interview with Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS Shoes. The TOMS Shoes footwear company is an extremely charitable company that operates on a One to One giving model–basically, for every pair of TOMS shoes you buy, the company donates another pair to impoverished children in South America and Ethiopia. To date, they have donated more than 150,000 pairs of shoes. TOMS Shoes is inspirational, to say the least.

Photo from www.worldvisionreport.org

Photo from www.worldvisionreport.org

The interview reveals some of Mycoskie’s thought process behind the design of his new shoes, how the needs of the children even guide both the functional and aesthetic qualities of TOMS shoes. If you’re in the giving, charitable, full-of-good-will mood this upcoming holiday season, maybe think about getting some TOMS. They’ll be both a gift to your friend or family member and a gift to a child in need.