I don’t remember how I got into TOMS Shoes. To be sure, though, no one introduced me to it. I probably learned of it the way I do of most things I end up loving— by stumbling upon it while out shopping.
I do remember, however, my very first pair. It took me months of admiring your average TOMS display window before I finally found a design suitable for purchase.
It was a Friday night, I just had an after-work dinner with my mom and my sister at Power Plant Mall. We were on our way to get picked up by the driver when we saw a Style Your Sole event happening inside the mall. Basically, the event works like this: you buy a classic pair of TOMS and decorate it. I haven’t actually participated in one but here’s something that caught my eye while we were there.
but hey, this is pretty interesting.
Regular merchandise are always available at any Style Your Sole event too which is, in my case that night, a blessing because after an excruciating wait (haha! :)), I was able to buy these limiteds. The very last pair and they were in my size— 9.
These are way more awesome and for a brilliant cause too!
Since TOMS Shoes are a bit pricey (around PHP2,600 to PHP2,900+), I vowed to get only the limited edition. Which is exactly what I did for my next two pairs.
And why shouldn’t Love be? 🙂
I had an amusing encounter while buying the Anchor pair. At this boutique called Trilogy along Rada Street, the guy selling asked me: “Do you do social work?”. Even I had to laugh at that. Before telling him I was a “banker”, I had to know the basis of his assumption. Well, he said that since TOMS was championing a cause, it seemed convenient to assume that most people who wear it are also cut from the same cloth. I didn’t want to air my personal struggle with “social development” so I simply shrugged and said, “Oh, no. I work for a bank and I just support the One for One Movement.”
Perhaps it’s corporate guilt but soon, TOMS kept on populating my shoe closet.
All a glitter for the holidays.
Photo Credit: Reg Silva
By then I veered away from quirky limiteds and stuck to staples.
Check out how the logo is embroidered, instead of stitched.
I often say that you can literally walk miles in TOMS Shoes. Literally and figuratively.
Comfort is key in shoes; style is merely secondary. With TOMS, comfort and style are at par. You may not like the designs I picked for my TOMS but there are a lot. Surf the web, visit a distributor, find a pair that speaks of you. 🙂
By buying TOMS Shoes, you’re not only freeing your feet from bondage but you’re also participating in a movement that promise to give a pair to a Latin American/ African, yes, and even a Filipino child in need for every pair you acquire for yourself. How cool is that? 🙂