It was right before our trip to New Zealand and Tasmania last year that I bought a Big Batch of Colorful TOMS shoes. Orange. Teal. Plaid. A basic Navy and Red too, but I lived in the bright colored ones as they really dressed up my feet. They were the best shoe ever for travel with lots of walking, not only easy to pack, but easy on the tootsies.
The TOMS went from a month of walking in New Zealand to a whole summer of usage at the beach and now, what can I say, they are ready to trash. The soles are almost worn through and the orange and plaid ones have holes in the toes (maybe my nails are too long?). But I got my money’s worth ten times over so I am not complaining. I do love my TOMS.
Don’t even ask what I was thinking to WASH a pair. They did not withstand the rigors of the machine. Something tells me I am smart enough to figure that out beforehand, but what can I say, I washed them nonetheless, rendering them pretty useless.
ANYWAY, we’re off to California this weekend, a ten-day pre-vacation to get a base tan before the month-long vacation to Brazil and Argentina (ouch, did she really say that??) so I decided to buy a whole new batch of TOMS.
I was completely and utterly disappointed this year – NO COOL COLORS. No pink. No orange. No plaid. Just basic Army drab green and gray. And blue and red are so boring. There was one multi-color shoe that I could “kinda” do, but it was not available in my size. I debated about NOT buying any of them, seeing Lands End carries some lighter and bright color espadrilles but I opted for the TOMS because I am happy for their pledge to give one pair away for every pair I buy.