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Both Toms and Bryn’s Are Angel Shoes

Angel Shoes, originally uploaded by Shirley Buxton.

In the Time magazine of February 5, 2007, I read the story of Blake Mycoskie who wanted to get away from it all, and found himself in Argentina. He visited impoverished villages where few, if any, children had shoes.

“I was sitting on a field on a farm one day, and I had an epiphany,” says Mycoskie, who had taken to wearing alpargatas–resilient, light-weight slip-on shoes with a breathable canvas top and soft leather insole traditionally worn by Argentine workers.

“I said, I’m going to start a shoe company, and for every pair I sell, I’m going to give one pair to a kid in need.”

Read the rest of this inspiring story here.

How are both Toms and Bryn’s angel shoes, you now ask. Bryn’s red-polka dotted shoes are angel shoes because she wore them last week during the angel banquet. Toms are angel shoes because from a soft and tender heart, he is tending the children of the world–one pair of shoes at a time.

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By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 84 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

6 replies on “Both Toms and Bryn’s Are Angel Shoes”

I must admit having Bryn at the age of 41 has caused her to be quite spoiled. My Mother calls her Imelda Marcos because of her huge assortment of shoes. I joked with my friends that her feet must have been dangling in hell because she had outgrown her white shoes and was wearing red as an angel. My justification for buying so much for her is that I know other children will be recipients when she can no longer wear her things. I know I will never have a shoe company such as Tom, but I make sure that other less fortunate children receive from Bryn’s wardrobe. Having lived in a third world country, I understand Tom’s heart. The neat thing is that he feels as blessed as those he blesses, for surely it is more blessed to give than to receive.


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