Come on Tom

15 Jul

TOMS are ugly. They are good for orphans in Peru, and they are ugly. I tried to get past it because it’s such a good idea and it unites hipsters everywhere, but I can’t get past the strange bandage, dirty foot look they promote. If you want to give shoes to children in need, can’t they be better looking shoes? Are bad shoes really a better way of showing humanitarian solidarity than good looking shoes?

They're like a joke for your feet.

Celebrities wear them. This doesn’t make it better. They make sparkly ones. That doesn’t make them fancy. They put laces in some. That doesn’t make them regular tennis shoes.

Really Tom? You can't even wear matching ones?

The only thing I can imagine is that they are comfortable beyond belief? So are Birkenstocks, but they still make you look like a duck. You have to draw the line somewhere. Can I send better looking shoes that are still practical to children without shoes? I need more information.

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7 Responses to “Come on Tom”

  1. colin roe ledbetter July 15, 2010 at 6:13 am #

    these shoes are shit. and they bring together the world of consumer hipsters in a consuming movement.

  2. Emma July 18, 2010 at 3:47 am #

    so true.
    we had a toms day at my college where you were supposed to either wear toms or wear no shoes. in the choice between showing solidarity with hipsters in skankky canvas shoes and shoeless children by wearing no shoes when walking around the class room, i chose to donate my money and wear my marc jacob’s wedges.

  3. Tom July 19, 2010 at 2:28 pm #

    first things first – you’re a horrible person. anything with this benevolent of a business model must be supported.
    how different are these from a pair of vans, converse, sperry’s, or 95% of all slip-on flats that girls wear? hardly.

    secondly, there are thousands of other shoes that deserve your soul-less critiquing and heckling.

    i have to leave now… more important things to do than tearing apart the few good things left in this world. but while you ponder my words and your illegitimate ranting, just know that my name isn’t Tom – it’s Blake.

  4. kaeleigh July 19, 2010 at 9:25 pm #

    I’m so offended on behalf of Peruvian orphans everywhere.

  5. Wow December 13, 2010 at 10:59 pm #

    I believe in freedom of speech and saying whatever you want, but you’re coming across as a little bit snotty. Only good for Peruvian orphans? Please save those harsh words for yourself.

    • jillianamy December 14, 2010 at 7:13 am #

      Dear wow,
      First of all, wow? really?
      Secondly, I write about fashion and Toms are ugly. I’m keeping my harsh words to my blog. You should read something else.
      -jil

  6. Catherine MacKinnon April 11, 2011 at 5:49 pm #

    I think all of the anti-Tom’s shoes posters are missing the whole point of Tom’s shoes. Sure they’re very popular among hipsters – good for hipsters, they’re helping save lives – but rather than promoting “solidarity with hipsters” Tom’s shoes promote solidarity with human beings in general. The shoes are simple. They cover and protect your foot… which is actually the point of a shoe, and I am certain the people who receive these shoes (as made possible by those terrible “hipsters”) could not possibly care less about how unfashionable they might be. I get that this is a fashion blog, but seriously, how can you come down so hard on shoes that literally save lives? When you google image search Tom’s shoes a picture linking to this blog post comes up among the first few results, so people interested in purchasing Tom’s shoes may very easily end up here. Have you no problem whatsoever with the fact that you may be dissuading people from buying them… directly and negatively affecting the kids who would so greatly benefit from their purchase?

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