My job requires me to look at hundreds of websites a day, and one ad that has been popping up all over the place is “Make Your Wedding a Toms Wedding”. I’ve know the general concept of Toms Shoes for some time now…you buy a pair for yourself, and Tommy Boy will donate a pair to a child in need. At first glance, I think this is a kind hearted guy that is really giving back…never really looked too much into to, but was never really against it. Then, once I started seeing these “Toms Wedding” ads, I was absolutely shocked to how hideous these “wedding shoes” –if you want to call them that- were! These shoes are not only inappropriate for a wedding, but I’d like to see the bride that lets her bridal part wear these! Even for a casual wedding, these slip-ons are completely unacceptable! Maybe, just maybe, in the right setting the guys could get away with wearing some at a beach wedding or something similarly casual, but bridesmaids…most likely not! Adding glitter or satin to “botas” does not make them wedding-day attire in my book. Call me uptight, but on the most special day of my life, you will not find me slapping these puppies on my feet!
I started looking further into his product, which only added insult to injury. It’s not just the way the shoes look, it’s the whole concept…these shoes range anywhere from $35 – $100+!! People purchasing these shoes who are bragging (even if only in their own heads) about “giving back”, but I don’t really understand it. They are buying expensive shoes that make them look like a poor person, just so a real poor person can also have a pair of shoes. Here’s an idea…how about if you want to give back, actually do that!
Don’t get me wrong, as I scrolled through his website, I did find some pairs that I liked. Some of the prints were cute (i love the elephants-see below) and the wedges were cute, but for the most part, no thanks.