Mary-Kate, Ashley Olsen Give Needy Children Some Functional New Footwear

07/27/2011 at 10:30 AM ET

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Talk about happy feet! Children in Honduras were recently treated to one-on-one shoe fittings with designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who visited the Central American country to deliver footwear on behalf of TOMS. The actresses partnered with the charitable brand to create a limited-edition line of shoes through their label The Row; in celebration of the collaboration, they brought brand new pairs of TOMS’s everyday walking shoes to needy kids from three different communities outside the city of Tegucigalpa. The sisters were joined by a group of volunteers, and when they weren’t fitting feet, they visited classrooms and played soccer with the locals. “Having the opportunity to be a part of something so meaningful has made the collaboration with TOMS special to everyone at The Row,” Mary-Kate told WWD earlier this year. The TOMS + The Row shoes themselves, available in gray, black and plaid for $140-$150, are made of Italian wool and cashmere blends with lamb leather lining and black suede insoles. And just like TOMS’s everyday shoes, proceeds from sales of these cozy classics will benefit the greater good: for every pair of TOMS + The Row shoes sold, a child in need will receive a new pair of shoes. —Kate Hogan

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Casey on

From the interviews I’ve seen of them, they actually seem like mature, well-adjusted women. I know they had their struggles, but that was years ago. Happy to see them having a successful career and being able to help others because of it.

Jean Smith on

I am so happy they children of Honduras will have
some good shoes to wear. We were there on a cruise and it was so sad, everyone had on fake
crocs. I felt so bad for them. I’m not sure they ever even had a pair of regular shoes. It makes me feel good that the twins would go over
there and give them some shoes.

smash on

fab! this is so amazing.. not just designers but activists too… glad they were fully involved. cant wait to buy another pair of toms!

Jennifer on

Very nice to see the olsen twins doing something for humanity. They should do that more often. I don’t believe I have ever seen anything like that where they are helping those less fortunate. That makes me like them a little because lord knows they just annoyed me when they were little and then they got older and more self absorbed. Thank you for showing the world you are human and have the humanity to help those with your fortune. Keep it up. You are both in a powerful position to do some pretty powerful and life changing things for our world and it is nice to see that you can and will. Kudoos to the Olsen twins for the money and most importantly your precious time. I believe you really made a very powerful impact for those children!!

K on

I really like the Olsen twins and was thrilled to see this article a few weeks ago in another magazine. For those who say that they should do more, they could be giving back in other ways but choose to do so under the radar. I think that it is more honorable and respectable that way, but this is particular venture is partnered with TOMS shoes, so it was bound to get more publicity. I do not know if that is the case, but just don’t accuse them of not giving back enough when they probably give back more than you realize.

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[…] According to People, the twins met with children in three communities outside of the capital of Tegucigalpa, where they were joined by volunteers to help fit shoes for children in need, who then received TOMS everyday walking shoes. In classic TOMS “shoe drop” tradition, the sisters physically put shoes on the children themselves. The designers also played soccer with the kids and visited classrooms. […]

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[…] have collaborated with the label to create a limited-edition shoe line called The Row, People magazine reports. And the twins rolled up their sleeves and flew to Tegucigalpa, Honduras to personally bring new […]

kb on

Jennifer —

The Olsens do a lot to support art philanthropy, and Ashley has appeared in ads for Amnesty International. They’re also big supporters of American production and almost all of their luxury clothing is produced in New York, and they have lobbied in congress to increase incentives for keeping production jobs in America. I think they do a lot of charity work but they aren’t flashy about it.

Alexandra on

I see a lot of comments saying it’s nice to see the Olsens “finally” doing something good for humanity. As someone who has been a fan of theirs since they were young, I know they actually do a LOT of charity work and always have. And I think it’s really respectable that they don’t try to show off and brag about it all the time like lots of celebs (Angelina, Kim Kardashian). People shouldn’t assume celebrities don’t donate their wealth just because they don’t go around trying to come off as do-gooders.

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