Everyone loves the idea of Toms (buy a pair and a pair goes to a child in need), but fashionistas deride their appearance almost as much as a pair of Crocs.
I bought my first pair of Toms a few years ago and wore them all summer (evidence here). I know they are a little casual looking and there's nothing particularly gasp-worthy about them, but their mission is pretty damn convincing.
I think once and a while, anyone with an interest in fashion ends up feeling a little frivolous- especially when you are eying that seventh pair of unnecessary studded platform while a little kid running around Ethiopia bare-foot can contract a disfiguring disease through her/his feet.
So, I bought another pair. And this time I studded the crap out of them. I don't know if they really are the level of these, but would it convince you to at least look twice at a pair of Toms?
I plan to wear these all summer with the ubiquitous cut-offs (and yes, those cycle shorts) and an oversized tee. And yeah, I'll feel a little bit better than if I had given in to those $200 wedges that don't give a damn thing to anyone else but moi and Sam Edelman.