When presented with the opportunity to paint for TOMS Shoes, I REALLY wanted to participate. There was just one problem…
I have SERIOUS performance anxiety. Having people watch me paint their shoes within 20 minutes sounded terrifying to me. But, I know that stepping outside your comfort zone is where the magic happens, and I didn’t want to give in to my fear.
So, I bought some TOMS and started practicing. When the big day arrived, I was a nervous wreck but prepared to paint some flowery designs. But guess what?
Nobody wanted flowers. And, I haven’t taken a drawing class in decades. I ended up painting a WSU logo (which took years off my life, people!), a bicycle, a nautical theme, mountains and more. I have never drawn a bike in my life. It seems crazy that the first time I attempt to draw a bike is on a pair of shoes somebody just bought. What was I thinking? Luckily, everybody seemed happy with their painted shoes.
My favorites were a mountain scene on these gorgeous orange shoes. I seriously might make some for myself. The night was a lot of fun and a little terrifying, but I’m definitely glad I did this. I might even do it again some time!
I love the TOMS mission. It is such a fabulous company, and I was honored to work for them. You probably know that when you buy a pair of TOMS, they give a pair of shoes to a child in need. Did you know that they give the child a new pair every 6 months? Pretty awesome.
Because I’ve had several requests, I now offer to paint TOMS Shoes. You send me the shoes, tell me what you want, and I will paint them for you! Just no WSU logos, please! Now you can walk around with one of a kind shoes–original works of art at your feet! It is a pretty cool concept–so creative, unique and functional. Visit my Etsy Shop to purchase.