Ok. Embarrassing admission time. I'm the person who had to google "why are Toms so *%&^# popular all of a sudden?" Because, I was .... well ... confused. And not a fan of odd shoe fads that come out of nowhere (Crocs anyone?). But I discovered their philanthropic side - very cool. And now their organization is moving on to eye glasses. That's great. I'm a fan of the idea. And I think the Toms folk would approve of you finding a way to keep your old ones going, because shoes are precious in some parts of the world. Thanks to Midwestern Thread for the DIY on turning them into sandals!