Instead of wearing your heart on your sleeve, we're getting into the presidential-election spirit by wearing our party — or bipartisanship — on our feet. Thanks to one cool collaboration (TOMS teamed up with LA-based screen-printing artists HIT + RUN) and the most important domestic current event just around the corner, we've got three pairs of classic canvas slip-ons that certainly aren't lacking in the patriotism department. At the root of this particularly timely shoe collab, though, is an effort to encourage people to hit the polls come Nov. 6. We're not here to tell you who to vote for, but rather, that the most important thing is to vote. If it means wearing a fun reminder somewhere you can't forget — er, on your feet — we're all in favor. Plus, if you wear them with a great pair of skinny jeans, a crisp white button-up, and an oversize knitted sweater, you've got yourself a laid-back-meets-academic ensemble at the ready.Priced at $58 a pair, these slip-ons come in a Vote 2012 style (pictured), a Democratic style, or a Republican style.
Women have been wearing wedge sandals for ages, but printed wedges are quickly gaining momentum, especially in celebrity circles. Isla Fisher was spotted in West Hollywood wearing these Toms printed wedges ($69) with denim cutoffs and a crisp white blouse, Ginnifer Goodwin rocked Prada's striped wedges with black shorts and a ruffly top on the red carpet, and Kirsten Dunst sported floral-print wedges with a little black dress, white blazer, and yellow clutch at the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards in LA. Shop the funky trend with our favorite printed wedges before your toes have to go into hibernation for Fall and Winter!
Model Jessica Hart has nailed street style — we loved when she mixed pink and tan and leopard with sneakers — and her latest creation is the perfect no-fuss Summer ensemble. She started with a black loose-fitting t-shirt maxi dress by Pencey Standard — here is the coral version ($55, originally $110) and heather gray style ($110) — then pumped up the look via standout accessories: a straw floppy hat, round shades, TOMS Glitter Slip-Ons ($54), a silver chunky watch, and a blue Goyard bag. It's a simple outfit but one that packs mega punch. Shop similar pieces, including her exact shoes, to achieve the model's no-fuss style all Summer.
There's no easier go-to sole than TOMS, and with such a philanthropic business model, it's a shoe-in for all our laid-back warm-weather outfits. Inspired by all the cool Spring styles cropping up, we thought we'd take a stab at embellishing our own Summer-perfect pair. With the canvas slip-on as our muse, we headed to TOMS's NYC headquarters and immediately tapped into our craftier, do-it-yourself sides. From acrylic paints, glitter glue, and metallic sequins to fabric cutouts and Sharpie markers in every color of the rainbow, we transformed our classic white TOMS into bright tie-dyed, ombre-infused, personalized masterpieces — in less than an hour. Want to see the step-by-step process and styled result and glean a little DIY inspiration for yourself? Just keep clicking.
Blake Mycoskie and Lauren Bush are teaming up for the ultimate do-good, feel-good fashion collab with a TOMS + FEED limited edition shoe collection, launching exclusively online on April 1. The shoes cost $58 and feature TOMS' signature shoe silhouette and FEED's iconic stamp and burlap fabric. “Blake and I have a great friendship and our respective organizations have a lot in common, living in the space of for-profit social businesses," said Lauren Bush. "Blake has always been an active supporter of FEED, as I am of TOMS, so we’ve talked about collaborating for a while. I'm thrilled that we were finally able to make it happen and bring more awareness to each of our causes, more credibility to socially-aware enterprises and more assistance to people globally.” Each purchase provides 12 school meals and one pair of new shoes will be given to a child in need. In fact, we can't think of a better way to support the cause — and look cute while doing so. Check out the slideshow to see the collection and make note to shop a pair at TOMS.com on April 1 before they sell out.
Jessica Alba channeled her inner girlie girl, rocking Gap's 1969 skinny jeans in rose while playing at a Beverly Hills park with her adorable family. The actress paired rose-colored jeans with a creme sweater and matching TOMS, then layered a gray fur vest and scarf for extra warmth. Valentine's Day is less than 24 hours away, so if you can't decide between a flirty lacy frock or low-key look, try pairing Jessica's neutral denim with a black lace top, cage pumps, and nude pout for a sweet-yet-sultry vibe.
If you're lucky enough to get away someplace warm this Winter, the last thing you want to do is stress over what to pack. Basically, you should look as carefree as you feel on a beachy vacation, albeit with a hint of glamour. To help you do just that, we've culled a few of our sand-and-surf essentials, the kind of pieces that will take you from lounging at the pool to dinner in town with ease — because, really, that's what vacation's all about. Click through for our 10 perfect pieces to pack, from embellished sandals to punchy coverups — and nothing's over $100. Step inside and start plotting your Winter getaway.
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.