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Charlize Theron Designs Inspirational Shoes For TOMS

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Besides being beautiful, Charlize Theron is also a philanthropist, which makes her the perfect candidate to team up with TOMS

In a campaign to benefit African youth and the fight against HIV/AIDS, Charlize has collaborated with TOMS creator Blake Mycoskie to design a pair of limited edition shoes.

Proceeds from the new orange slip-ons, which feature the logo to her program, the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, will go to the cause and their "Look Within. Think Beyond. Reach Out" program.

Luckily, the shoes will be available in children's and women's sizes, which means mommies and daughters can wear matching footwear too!

So inspirational, Charlize!

Take a closer look (below) at the shoes!

[Image via TOMS.]

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TOMS Shoes Goes High-End With TOMS+

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Yep, you read that right.

TOMS Shoes is rolling out a new "luxury" line under the name TOMS+.

Priced between $100 and $140, founder Blake Mycoskie said the fancy kicks are made from "premium materials" and feature different design techniques.

Inneresting.

The Fall 2012 collection of TOMS+ can be found at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and American Rag later this year.

Will U be buying the new TOMS???

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TOMS Shoes Founder Supports Anti-Gay Organization

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A little over a week ago TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie participated in an event put on by Focus on the Family, an organization that condemns homosexuality, and a lot of his customers are pissed.

Less than a day after word got out of his involvement in Feet on the Ground, Blake went into damage control mode and posted an "apology" on his blog:

Had I known the full extent of Focus on the Family’s beliefs, I would not have accepted the invitation to speak at their event. It was an oversight on my part and the company’s part and one we regret. In the last 18 months we have presented at over 70 different engagements and we do our best to make sure we choose our engagements wisely, on this one we chose poorly.

Furthermore, contrary to what has been reported, Focus on the Family is not a TOMS giving partner.

So there is no misunderstanding created by this mistake, let me clearly state that both TOMS, and I as the founder, are passionate believers in equal human and civil rights for all. That belief is a core value of the company and of which we are most proud.

Saying he didn't know the "full extent" of Focus on the Family's beliefs is kind of a cop out, especially when they're spelled out right in the organization's About Us section!

Also, while Focus on the Family may not be a giving partner, TOMS has been offering a special discount to the organization for the past two weeks.

And finally, we find Blake's wording of the last two sentences to be very inneresting. He kinda sidesteps the issue by saying he supports human and civil rights rather than gay rights.

Thoughts???

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