Wednesday, March 2, 2011

One For One

Several months back, I tried on a pair of Toms and I was just on the fence about the whole look. From my vantage point, I thought they made my feet look very elfin.

For the record, this is where I stand on elf culture:

  1. EL Fudge (Keebler elf-themed cookies) are delicious.
  2. The movie "Elf" is one of my very favorites. It is where I first developed a deep love for Zooey Deschanel. Although, I've yet to figure out the real pronunciation of her name. Or be able to say it without a ridiculous French accent. And I don't even know if her name is French.
  3. I wasn't really into "Lord of the Rings," but technically those are hobbits and I'm not sure if hobbits are different than elves. Can someone who plays World of Warcraft clear that up for me?
  4. Have you ever looked an Elf on the Shelf in the eye? Scary.
But while at Mardi Gras in my cowboy boots this past Saturday, I grew envious of the cute, seasonally appropriate and comfortable Toms I saw many girls wearing. I didn't think their feet looked elfin, and so I thought I would take the plunge and buy myself (and someone else) a pair.

These were my original favorites:

I soon discovered they must be everyone's favorite because they are completely sold out everywhere. Except for this one "gently used" pair for $70 on Ebay. That's expensive. And it grosses me out since you don't wear socks with these shoes. I have a rule against foot-to-foot contact with strangers.

Then I found these. They're not on the Toms Web site, but I guess they are available for purchase somewhere in the universe. I would like for these shoes to find my feet one day soon. I think they would be adorable with shorts, skirts, cuffed jeans.

In the end, I went with what I could find. Simple Gray Toms. They'll go with everything and can be my entry into elfin wear. I'll break them in and they'll break me in to the more dynamic styles available.

I believe this may be my gateway purchase into to a collection of canvas shoes. Welcome to Keds for adults!


Kristen said...

Welcome to the Toms world!! I, too, am a large fan and you will be too once your feet are introduced to the new world of comfyness that is Toms =) I really like the brown stripe ones. They used to make all of these cute patterns: plaids, stripes, etc and now it's pretty much just solids in their canvas style. Maybe we should write in a request for more patterns...

Can't wait to see them!

Stephanie Jordan said...

I remember you wearing some yellow Toms and thinking they were really cute. You are my inspiration!

I definitely think we deserve some plaids and patterns. The glittery ones are not cutting it.

Ashley Netherton said...

I don't own any TOMS myself, but I think they're cute when I see them, but when I tried them, I felt like i needed a completely different wardrobe.. HOWEVER.. I heard they've got some wedges that are supposed to me supercute.. maybe I'll try them.. and as corny as it sounds, I think it's awesome they donate a pair to a needy child each time you buy a pair!
PS- eww used shoes on ebay ??

Tracy said...

Oh, I have been wanting to buy a pair of Toms for awhile now! And I was going to get the charcoal canvas ones too! But alas, my feet are triple the size right now with stupid swelling and I fear I would stretch them out and not be able to wear them after the baby is born... BOO. So, I'm opting to wait. But I think they are adorable!

Stephanie Jordan said...

The wedges are very cute. I checked them out on the TOMS website ... and if they're as comfortable as regular TOMS they would be amazing!

Tracy, save your feet until they've recovered. It can be a present to yourself after labor and delivery! Although, I am sure you deserve much more!