(Closed) TOMS Shoes

posted 8 years ago in Shoes
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I completely agree! Every time I see an ad for them I think to myself “maybe if they had better looking shoes, more people would buy them and then they could help more people”

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

They aren’t attractive but I’ve seen far uglier shoes that didn’t benefit anyone but the designer who created them.  I think they’re simply made and kind of look like water/boat shoes.

EDIT:  I like these.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Ugh I hate them. lol sorry. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@beekiss2:

Those aren’t that bad, but they’re $70 for a pair of simple sneakers! They are definitely making a SIGNIFICANT profit even after the donation. And I’ve heard they’re really uncomfortable.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

I almost agree with the caveat that Crocks are the ugliest.  Toms are runners up 😛

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

They are ugly, but have you seen the wedge heels? They are actually kinda cute!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

@MandaMack:  Oh I am certain they’re making some profit.  I can’t tell if the canvas is actually stitched to the sole for the plain shoes or if it’s glued.  I don’t know how beneficial they would be for someone who would wear them for years for those who are getting them as a donation (I guess it’s better than nothing, though).

EDIT:  I saw that they’re stitched on some of the shoes, so that’s better than being glued.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

Agreed!  All the cool kids at work wear them because they’re trendy and it kinda makes me shudder…and then I feel guilty because I know the money goes to a good cause.  I mean, c’mon, can’t charity shoes be cute too?

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

I wear them, but I actually really like how they look. I also have pretty narrow feet, and they fit my foot really well and are super comfortable. But my other regular shoes are Chuck Taylors, so I never really wear very supportive shoes, unless I am running. 

I also bead on my TOMS, so they are more personalized to me. And also, they are $40-$50 for the basic pairs at Nordstrom here, not $70. That makes them about the same price as Converse, and then there’s the whole charity aspect. 

 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

sorry, i like them. the regular ones are super comfortable and i like slip ons. i’ve been wearing the same pair of converse for years, and when they finally completely die i’ll probably switch to toms for a bit. and no, i’m not some trend-following hipster that wears converse because they’re “cool,” i got my first pair of converse (hot pink hightops!) when i was about 5 and have worn them throughout my life. while they might not have as much support as a pair of new balances, i figure i’m better off than all the other women teetering around new york in 3+ inch heels.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I really like them. I have several pairs, but I’ve picked them up from eBay and Plato’s Closet for really cheap. I know they’re not really the sexiest shoes, but they’re really comfortable and they fit my style. 

I’m actually considering wearing the seafoam wedges for my wedding next June! 😛

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

@pb and j hahaha, I still have my first pair of hot pink hightops, from when I was about 4 years old! They are so cute and tiny. Converse-Toms is a great transition, if you live in your chucks and like the way they feel. TOMS are even more “no shoe” feeling than converse are.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee

About 3 years ago I did a marketing project (for a social-justice organization I was in on campus) for TOMS shoes before they were really well known. They stand for a really good cause but there PR department could use some work because our organization tried contacting them about it and they were kind of rude.

When I first saw the shoes we were attempting to market I laughed because I though they were hideous. However, my group knew from the start these shoes would fit right in with the “hipster” crowd as they are so ugly they are cool..

The shoes are based on some type of TWC shoe design but I can’t remember which one. I still think they are ugly but I am strongly considering them for Lab Shoes because they look comfortable, they cover the tops of my feet, and I wouldn’t care if I spilled nasty chemicals/animal juices on them haha.

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