Why would you buy fake Toms?

If you don’t know what Toms are,  you must live under a rock. They’re super cute, super trendy canvas shoes, and the whole idea is that when you buy a pair, they donate a pair to a child in need in a third world country.

The first people who I knew wearing Toms were the super indie hipster kids that also had Wayfarers before anybody else and went to concerts for bands that I’ve never heard of – and I consider myself to have decent indie/alt rock taste. But they’ve grown in popularity so much that you can get Toms all over the place. On the weekend two friends from dance bought them at Nordstrom. It’s kind of like when Adele started getting all her songs played on the radio. You’re overjoyed at first for her success but at the same time some of the specialness is gone. With Toms I want them to get super popular because it means more shoes for all the kiddies! But the specialness is fading a bit because there are loads of fake Toms out there. And I’m not trying to be pretentious and up myself here, but what is the point??

I kind of get fake Uggs (though I reeeeeeeally don’t like the Ugg trend) because Uggs are super expensive and make you look like a muppet. Why should you have to pay a lot of money for that? But I just don’t get people who buy fake Toms. You want shoes that look equally as cute, but without having to do the good deed? That’s just illogical.

~ Julia

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3 thoughts on “Why would you buy fake Toms?

  1. […] p.s. Cheryl, I’m somewhat sorry (but not entirely) for dissing Uggs. I didn’t realize you would take it so very personally. I give you full permission to diss […]

  2. Kristina says:

    Sketchers has taken the idea of Toms and ran with it… or outright copied them. Their new “bobs” is also a ‘one for one’ deal. Good effort, but can’t you be original?

  3. Morg says:

    TOMS has a rep for donating to Evangelical groups(sure they say they do not favor any specific religious group but many sources say it), these groups only give shoes to children who are apart of the “Christian circle” and have only given to one school with non-Christian basis. Also, some of these Evangelical groups are anti-gay. You might think “Well duh, what do you expect?” but they can be a turn off to A LOT of people. Also, yes, giving shoes is nice, it’s a great step in the right direction for protecting people’s feet especially from parasites such as hook worms. However, it isn’t a permanent solution. What would be more effective is using the money to build health/sanitation facilities, laws/standards, etc where people can get treatment for these parasites, and learn sanitary health practices besides just wearing shoes.

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