Product Type: Toms Hunter Original
Newest Review: ... I loved as they were dark which I like but not boring like black. You can get them in most colours which is what I like about them so you ... more
Feel Good Feet
Member Name: GuruOnAMountain
Advantages: Comfortable and you're helping out someone else!
Disadvantages: Slightly pricey but for a good reason.
I'm far from a fashionista and had never heard of Toms shoes but my sister had seen celebs wearing them and then told me about them.
Basically, they are shoes with a difference and were founded by an American traveller who found that when he was in Argentina, he saw a lot of children without shoes. He decided that this needed rectified and set up Toms shoes. The system works by people like us buying a pair of shoes but really paying for two pairs. So the pair we buy means that a pair will also be given to a shoeless kid in the developing world. Nice idea!
I thought it was a cute idea but was shocked when shown the shoes and told the price. Currently a pair of the Classic types cost around £40 for an adult pair and around £26 for a kid's size. I know that you are paying for two pairs of shoes but the shoes you are getting look essentially not much different from the 'gutties' that you used to do gym in at school.
My sister bought a pair for herself though and a pair for my mum. Not long after this my sister broke her toe and couldn't wear hers comfortably any more and my mum found out she had diabetes so decided to convert to wearing Hotter shoes instead to protect her feet, so I ended up inheriting a red and a grey pair of Toms.
As I say, I hadn't been convinced when my sister had showed me them but since I had two pairs now, I thought I may as well wear them so took a pair out for a trial run when I was cycling. Since they don't have laces and are small and tight to your feet, I thought that they'd be ideal for cycling as there was nothing to get caught up in the gears or anything. They were comfy but then again, this was no real litmus test as I'd been sitting down wearing them and not walking around in them.
Next time I decided to wear a pair on a short walk and again, found them comfortable. Ever since I've worn them time and time again and although they slightly rub on one foot if I've been walking in them for a long time, I don't think this is the fault of the shoes but is instead caused by my dodgy shaped toes which tend to rub with most shoes apart from big, roomy trainers.
Although they look flimsy, they are surprisingly comfortable to walk in and the sole of them is quite thick. They are made of canvas, though, so they aren't the most waterproof of shoes but are ideal for the summer and are nice and light.
I've found that they actually go with everything, particularly the grey pair I have. You can wear them with jeans or with a skirt or a day dress or even with shorts. They really go with everything and as they are so light they are easy to pack if you are going on holiday.
I didn't think they looked sturdy enough to last but I suppose when you consider that the same shoes get given to the kids in the developing world, then you begin to realise that they'd have to be good quality or else there would be no point dishing them out to these kids. I've had mine for about a year now and wear them quite often when the weather permits and they still look just like new. There isn't any wear or tear on the uppers and although the sole is beginning to get worn down, just like any shoe, it is nowhere near being worn out.
I really love this shoes and I think in this modern era when we tend to buy so many cheap, sweatshop clothes, it is nice to have a company who is doing something to help other people rather than exploiting them and now that I know these shoes are comfortable and of quality, I would definitely invest in another pair.
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Summary: Shoes that do something good for the world.