Toms are shoes I never thought I would own. First off, they just looked really uncomfortable and would probably make my feet sweat if I didn’t wear socks. Second, the people that wore them were usually hipsters and females. The combination of those two made me stay clear of wanting a pair for years. But then the winter of 2013/14 hit Toronto, and I found myself having to wear heavy and hot winter boots all day. This resulted in me having to remove my boots indoors in order to let my feet breath. I also couldn’t stay in my socks all day either so I bought myself a pair of kung fu shoes.
I bought the kung fu shoes in Chinatown, and they were perfect for indoor use however I couldn’t stand the way they smelled. They had this toxic smell that literally made me feel sick. I tried everything to get rid of the smell but nothing worked. That’s when I decided to replace them with a pair of Toms. I was pleasantly surprised because Toms not only felt comfortable, but also lacked a toxic smell. While the price tag makes them expensive the knowledge in knowing that for every pair sold, another will be donated to a child in need makes it acceptable.
Once I got up close with these shoes, I was impressed by how much detail went into making these shoes. The creator of Toms was inspired to make the shoes on a trip to Argentina, so as a tribute he incorporated the Argentina flag to his logo. I’m a fan of Argentine soccer and music, so I really like the logo. Other great features about the shoe are suede insoles, funky animal print designs on the inner lining, and the use of canvas material on the uppers (allowing for breathability). Overall I am impressed by Toms, and also proud to have a pair in my collection.