It's no surprise to anyone in my life or those who even remotely know of me... this woman LOVES her shoes. I have quite the collection and while my husband doesn't say as much, I know that he thinks that I have too many of them. I work from home and am currently pregnant so how many shoes do I really need? That's a silly question, that I won't dignify with an answer. So along comes Common Ground, introducing me to shoes that aren't only shoes (which is normally enough) but they are shoes meant to start a meaningful conversation about important issues.
Common Ground was born from the belief that empathy and open-minded conversations can change the world. Their products serve as a daily reminder to seek to understand others. Isn't that something that we should all strive to do, understand others? I personally took a shine to a pair of shoes that they offer, that is meant to raise awareness of and do what I think is important, ending gun violence. You see, it's something that I feel very passionately about, which you may already know... more passionately than I feel about shoes!
I walked with Everytown for Gun Safety last Fall and I've been supporting them ever since. I've written letters to and called my state reps. I want my voice to be heard. I cannot bear the thought of yet another mass shooting but I know that the statistics are increasingly telling us that this will not slow until we have more common sense gun legislation. The conversation doesn't have to get heated, it just has to happen. I am willing to and always want to have a candid but thoughtful discussion about ending gun violence because I firmly believe that it is a huge issue in our country. I am a firm believer in trying to change minds but not through fighting but rather through understanding. Common Ground is trying to do the same thing through their shoes. Whether it's ending gun violence, talking immigration, gender equality, marriage equality or general progress, there's a lot that the folks at Common Ground are trying to tackle and want you to start these conversations in your community, with your peers, trying to achieve progress. I think my next pair may be the gender equality because that's a conversation I want to have as well. I mean, I want to talk about it all and make the world better, you know?
The shoes themselves? Well, they're comfortable, durable, ethically made and don't make these pregnant feet cry so they are thumbs up in my book all around!
- Canvas for great comfort and durability
- Fully lined microsuede interior
- Highly flexible and responsive underfoot support
- Sponge rubber sole with tactile grip lugs provides comfort and durability
- High abrasion, solid rubber toe cap for enhanced durability