We love our comfy Toms just as much as any other girl, and for Spring '12, the brand is giving us even more reason to wear its do-good shoes with a chic new silhouette: the Paris ballet flat. Not only are they a more stylish option for running around town, they're just as comfy — we checked it out ourselves — as Toms original style featuring the signature cushy sole. The debut Spring collection features a bevy or pretty prints ranging from cute chambray to fun leopard prints. As always, Toms will donate a pair of shoes to a person in need with every purchase you make. Check out the complete collection in the slideshow right now.
Ashley Olsen strolled the SoHo streets in NYC in style. She sported a fur top by The Row with folded black skinnies and matching TOMS + The Row flats. She layered a printed silk pashmina and gold aviators to block the sun. Ms. Olsen finished off her East Coast-chic look with a bevy of gold accessories and a boxy black bag. Get Ashley's exact shoes with other like items now.
>> Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen can now add shoes to their ever-growing repertoire. The duo has teamed with Toms to offer three takes on the brand's classic espadrille — all with a luxurious, Olsen-cool slant, of course. Made from Italian-sourced wool, leather, and/or cashmere, the Toms + The Row shoes come in an urbane palette of soft greys and plaid.
Retailing at either $140 or $150 — about three times the Toms mainline collection — the selection isn't quite as affordable as your usual pair of slip-ons, but, just like the main line, each pair sold will also benefit a child in need. "Toms + The Row customers will have the ability to give back and create change with a single purchase," expains Ashley. Mary-Kate adds, “Having the opportunity to be a part of something so meaningful has made the collaboration with Toms special to everyone at The Row.” Click through to see the three new styles, available online now at Toms.com.
Jamie-Lynn Sigler and friend John Whitledge attended the celebration of the new One For One Toms eyewear product launch at the California Heritage Museum in Santa Monica. Jamie looked SoCal-chic in an oversize stripe T, dark skinnies, and a green military jacket. She upped the cool factor with black matte sunglasses, ombré locks, and classic Toms shoes. If you want to support a good cause while rockin' her exact shoes, shop now.
Chances are, you or someone you know wears a pair of Toms shoes, which means somewhere in the world a child who needed a pair of shoes got one. The one-for-one principle of Toms is expanding, this time to sunglasses and eyesight. Founder Blake Mycoskie partnered with Seva Foundation to create a program that will help give sight to people in need via medical treatment, prescription eyeglasses, and sight-saving surgery. How does the program get funded? Each time someone buys a pair of Toms sunglasses. This good deed is rather effortless once you get a look at the super-cool styles Toms debuted. The 101, 201, and 301 styles all have hand-painted stripes — in tons of pretty colors — that signify the purchaser (aka the giver), the sight recipient, and Toms. We think that's pretty cool, and we're particularly jazzed on the price: getting chic, Summer shades and giving the gift of sight will cost $135-$145. You can shop them right now at Toms.
I don't need to tell you how big of a statement your shoes can make — and since Spring is all about getting outside and strolling the streets, you're going to need a stylish pair of sneakers to brighten up your look while providing ultimate comfort. From classic to colorful to a little bit dressy, we've rounded up the top 10 cool kicks you need for the new season.
>> TOMS shoes and The Row recently collaborated for Fall 2011 on a luxe wool and cashmere-blend edition of Blake Mycoskie's signature shoes, but it sounds like Mycoskie has something even bigger in the works. While giving a keynote address yesterday at SXSW, Mycoskie announced that his company is preparing to branch out from shoes.
An experience during a shoe drop in South Africa back in 2007 was the impetus, he explained: "I saw how people experience extreme poverty and their many needs not being met. After giving away 50,000 pairs of shoes, I realised TOMS’s one-for-one model was working. If it was this powerful for shoes, it could meet other needs.”
With a seven-foot-tall cardboard box by his side yesterday, Mycoskie announced: "The next one-for-one product is inside this mystery box, which will be opened on 7 June. The truth is what’s inside this box is not nearly as important as what is represents. TOMS is no longer a shoe company, it's a one-for-one company."
Once we set out after school, there was that one dear friend who escaped abroad. While I'm looking forward to playing catchup while she's home during the holidays, I'm also on the hunt for the perfect gift — one to help her travel the world in style. For comfort and class, a pair of Toms ($54) are great, while a gorgeous, printed scarf ($25, originally $62) will lend a touch of bohemian glamour wherever she goes. Click the items above to shop the rest!
We're all used to seeing the signature Toms canvas slip-on shoes. Well, for Fall, the signature has been tampered with. Along with several sneaker styles, here is a sneak peek of a peep-toe wedge style by the philanthropic brand. It's undeniably Toms — the tag, the canvas, the worn-in color — but with a more elevated, fashionable twist. Are you feeling these new Toms or not?
Over 70,000 people worldwide have pledged to participate in Toms One Day Without Shoes event this Thursday, April 8. Asking people to go barefoot for the day (or just for one minute of the day), is Blake Mycoskie, founder and mastermind of Toms one-for-one shoe campaign.
Mycoskie says of his goal in creating One Day Without Shoes, "It's important to experience the impact a simple pair of shoes can make in a child's life. I think sometimes we forget all that we have, and occasionally we should remind ourselves."
People around the globe — from the US to Australia — will unite together on April 8 to bring awareness to the need for shoes in many parts of the world. Those who can't (or won't) go shoe-less for the cause yet want to participate can do so virtually by changing their Facebook profile photo, status, or Twitter avatar on the One Day Without Shoes website. As for Blake, he'll be with friends, family, and the team from Toms leading a barefoot walk in Venice, CA, and welcomes you to join him.