Last week I took a look around our offices, overflowing with gorgeous shoes and thought... even for me - this is a LOT of shoes. My desk space was becoming a rocky landscape of heels and colour and while this isn't by any stretch of the imagination - a bad thing - it also was a little on the excessive side. We wanted to make sure that our shoes went to good homes (as we do with all our shoes) and got to thinking about what to do.
A little while ago, I met stylist Elsa Grierson from Urban Corporate Clothing and she had told me about a program called Fitted for Work. This organisation provides a free service to long term unemployed and disadvantaged women with a view to assisting them to obtain work, maintain employment and ultimately achieve financial independence. Fitted for Work facilitates this through a generous volunteer network whom provide one-on-one interview and presentation skills sessions in addition to career, financial and personal development workshops. One of the most integral things to the success of these women is building confidence. And, as we all know a large part of feeling confident is looking the part. Elsa has for sometime now been donating her time and skills as a Stylist to Fitted for Work by helping put together interview-appropriate outfits for women participating in the program. Elsa had mentioned to me that shoes were often in short supply at Fitted for Work, so this just seemed like the perfect solution.
We bundled together 50 pairs of our shoes, packed them into their boxes and sent them off to Fitted for Work, happy to know that they would not only make someone feel great, but that they could really make a difference to the woman who puts them on her feet.
But, what does one wear with 50 pairs of shoes? Fitted for Work relies upon the generosity of the community to be able to run this service. So if you've lightly worn business clothes sitting in the back of the cupboard for a while (unlikely to see the light of day again) perhaps now's the time to do a little wardrobe Spring clean and send them to Fitted for Work. You could also get involved by running a business clothes drive amongst the women at your work, or if you have skills that might be useful to Fitted for Work I'm sure they'd love to hear from you.
We're really proud to have been able to share some love with our shoes, and we'd love for you to help us support this cause further if you can.
Posted by Jodie on 19 October 2010.