Am I the Only Woman Who Doesn't Love TOMS?

Beauty & Style 50


If you're like millions of other American women, you own a pair of TOMS. And if you do, good for you!

TOMS was founded on a truly fabulous concept -- for every pair of TOMS shoes you buy, the company gives a new pair of shoes to a child in need. That alone makes a pair of TOMS worth the price. But I'll be honest -- initially, I thought women were buying them as a good deed ... sacrificing style in order to help provide shoes for the poor.

It turns out that I was wrong.

"Omigod, I just LOVE your TOMS!" I've been overhearing women squeal to each other more and more often lately. This wouldn't be all that surprising if these women were wearing clothing made of hemp and standing in an aisle at Whole Foods. However, from what I'm seeing, many of the latest TOMS fans are SUV-driving, meat-eating, Estee Lauder-wearing 'assisted blondes' -- the kind who probably think 'Vegan' is a celebrity baby name.

Yes, TOMS shoes have gone mainstream. They're, like, a thing. TOMS shoes have actually become *shudder* fashionable -- and to me, the fact that canvas man slippers are now considered to be stylish is an obvious sign of the End Times.

To me, TOMS are like Crocs with a conscience. And while I don't know very many moms who would agree to wear Crocs in public (although let it be known, I'm a HUGE fan of Crocs for kids), every woman's GOTTA have a pair of TOMS right now. And I'm betting that more than half of them don't even know or care about the company's background.

Understand I'm not ragging on you if you have a pair of TOMS. Seriously. Every woman I know has a pair of TOMS. I realize I'm in the minority here. I would just like to know WHY you love your TOMS. Do you really think they look great? Or are you just wearing them because they're comfortable and it's all for a good cause?



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fleur... fleurdelys3110

I agree with you, Lindsay! I think Toms are hideous and unfashionable and can't understand how anyone could think otherwise.

jkm89 jkm89

Lol, I've been on a TOMS rampage the past few days, trying to find the black sparkly ones in a store.

lilpu... lilpunk77

I won't buy them because everyone I know that has them complains they don't last long at all. They get holes within weeks!

Allis... AllisonWD

They aren't only hideous, but super uncomfortable, and poorly made.

Tyler... Tyler0102

The only pair of TOMS I ever bought I donated to a womens homeless shelter. I figure 2 people in need can benefit from my gift card rather than them sitting in my closet forever.

Misty... Misty.Dawn

apparently im SUPER lame bcus not only do i not own a pair, this is the first ive even heard about them :/

nonmember avatar kaerae

Ugh! Thank You!~ They are hideous...I call them "prison shoes." Aren't they?

mrs.n... mrs.noska11

THANK YOU!!!! I hate tthese shoes!

Sheri... SheridanG

I absolutely love my TOMS. They're comfy and pretty durable. I've gotten a pair once a year for the last 3 years and even my 3 year old pair is still holding up. Plus, I love the fact that someone who actually needs shoes gets a pair when I buy mine.

Teresa Eliason

I just got a pair and I don't really find them all that great looking.   However they are comfortable and they cover most of my foot to keep it warm in winter when I don't want to wear boots.  And since everyone else is getting some, I figured I might as well join in for comfortable shoes.  They are the footwear on many of the polyvore outifts that I've pinned.  So maybe they're not all that cute but they're somehow fashionable.  I tried a pair of the Sketcher Bob shoes on, the knockoff, and they were very uncomfortable.  Oh, and my sister and I bought them with some random gift card she got so they were kind of like Toms for free.

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