Another point that we need to chew on, is the fact that these shoes are not very durable. This is my reasoning: if those shoes can hardly withstand young Americans walking in them on paved roads, how will they withstand walking on graveled roads? Several of my friends have told me that the quality of the shoes is not that good, nevertheless, they invest in it because another pair of shoes go to a child in need. But, for how long that child’s need for shoes will be supplied with that pair you sent him/her? I say, “four months before he is walking barefooted again!”
With US$25.00 or less one can buy a nice pair of leather espadrilles shoes in my country, Colombia. These shoes have a longer lifespan than TOMS. With that same money one could probably buy two homemade espadrilles.
I will like to see TOMS making some real shoes for real people.