( As reference, and bc I know you want to know, I wear between a size 8.5 (running shoes, sandals) and 9 (closed-toed heels, flats), have medium-width feet, and mostly flat arches )
A lot of you have commented saying you either :
LOVE the Toms brand and own 43 pairs
Have thought about getting a pair, but are too lazy/scared/etc
Support the One for One Movement, but think the shoes are Fugly.
Even though you might not think these are the most glamorous/stylish/Nordstrom’s-window-worthy shoes, I think the brand completely makes up for their looks. Ten-fold, actually.
Especially now that Toms has been around a while (est. 2006) and has gained some momentum throughout the country, I think people are less likely to be all :
“Oh em gee look at your silly shoes. I can’t believe you wear those hippie things AND THAT A LITTLE KID IN AFRICA IS NO LONGER AT RISK FOR LIFE-THREATENING SOIL-TRANSMITTED DISEASES BEACAUSE OF YOU! You are so ugly and your footwear sucks.”
But really, some of that pink-bedazzled breast cancer swag is pretty obnoxious, right? But nobody cares because it’s about the message behind the brand, not the actual black ribbed tank with something clever about ‘Second Base’ on it.
In the way that flats go, I actually think these are pretty cute. I’ll stand by that. I LIKE THEM. And they are definitely the most comfortable flats I’ve ever worn. The soles are cushioned and there’s even a little bit of arch support. They do stretch a bit which gives a perfectly custom fit, and I’ve had ZERO blister/chaffing issues.
I like to pretend my flip flops & tennis shoes had a little affair and produced these “wear everywhere” bad boys. Anytime I’d have thrown on some Nikes – running errands, walking the dogs, etc – I’ll put on my Toms. Strolling the mall or out to eat in an outfit that would normally call for flip flops or simple sandals? Toms, please.
I love that not only did my initial purchase provide some good ( by way of the donated pair to a child in need ), but I that everytime I slip them on I’m doing a small part to spread the message and build to the One for One Movement.
Who says fashion can’t be cute, comfortable, AND charitable??
What do you think? Would you rock a pair of Toms?
Would you sacrifice a few fashion points for a few good-deed points? ( nobody is making you choose between Tom & Louboutin, for the record )
Disclaimer / My Personal Activist Statement : Obviously if your sole purpose (pun intended) is philanthropic and generous, there are ways to contribute to charities more efficiently. Yes, the $50 I paid for these shoes would have produced more good if donated directly and in full somewhere. But if you’re buying shoes anyways, why not buy a pair that does more than just fill your closet?