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One Item, Four Ways: TOMS Shoes


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After reading the comments on my last post about different ways to wear denim shorts, I realized that I’m not alone in loving my pair of TOMS! Several of you requested an installment of One Item, Four Ways to be written about these comfy shoes, and here it is! TOMS shoes come in lots of cute colors and support a great cause — for every pair sold, another pair is donated to a child in need.

Because of their versatility and comfort factor, TOMS are a great shoe for college students. While I’ve chosen to make outfits based around the standard TOMS slip-on, TOMS come in a variety of styles, from wedges to lace-ups, so there’s truly a pair for everyone.

Outfit 1: Minimum Color, Maximum Style

TOMS Shoes outfit - Red TOMS, white pants, gray top, and statement necklace
Tee, Jeans, Necklace, Bag, TOMS

A pair of bright red TOMS adds a fun pop of color to a neutral outfit. I added a statement necklace and studded bucket bag for a hint of glamour. This outfit would be perfect for a day of shopping — TOMS will keep your feet happy all day, no matter how many stores you visit!

Outfit 2: Flirty Florals

TOMS Shoes outfit - Green TOMS, floral dress and neutral accessories
Dress, Belt, Earrings, BanglesBag, TOMS

A pair of teal TOMS complements the colors of this floral dress and accents this set of bangles perfectly. A striped belt is a fun and easy way to try your hand at pattern-mixing, and simple gold earrings and a neutral-colored bag finish the look. This outfit would be perfect for a daytime date where you’ll be doing a lot of walking, like a visit to the zoo.

Outfit 3: Pretty and Polished

TOMS Shoes outfit - Blue patterned TOMS, hot pink shorts, blouse, cross-body bag
Shirt, Shorts, Earrings, Watch, Bag, TOMS

This outfit illustrates the fact that TOMS can work with pretty much any style. This look is a little preppier, combining classics like chino shorts, a watch, and pearls, but these leopard-print TOMS inject a fun dose of modern trendiness. I like to dress in classic pieces when I go to museums, and this outfit would be perfect for a day spent roaming art galleries.

Outfit 4: A Little Bit Bohemian

TOMS Shoes outfit - Silver TOMS, yellow clutch, green earrings, black skinny jeans and a red top
Top, Jeans, Earrings, Clutch, TOMS

This last outfit incorporates a statement-making pair of TOMS that I absolutely love! These silver sequined shoes are right at home in a look that showcases bright accessories. Since metallics can act as neutral, the shoes will go with most colors and will instantly add a fun twist to any outfit. I’d wear this during the day to class (I’d stow the clutch in my tote bag) and then out to a casual dinner with my friends.

What do you think?

Do you own a pair of TOMS? Which look is your favorite? What other items would you like to see featured in “One Item, Four Ways?” I’d love to hear from you, so be sure to leave a comment!

Posted on on July 15, 2011 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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38 Responses to “One Item, Four Ways: TOMS Shoes”

  1. 1
    July 15th, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    My TOMS just came in the mail today! How perfect that this article should be posted today as well! :D

  2. 2
    July 15th, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    This might be my most favorite post in my past year of reading College Fashion. I love TOMs! I have a few pairs and I wear them all the time. I love these adorable ways to dress them up-it just makes me want to buy more pairs :) One for One!

  3. 3
    July 15th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    At my (slightly hippie) school we even wear TOMS to formals! Glittery TOMS are perfect paired with mini dresses :-)

  4. 4
    July 15th, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    I love the whole concept behind Toms! :) the glittery pair is my fave

  5. 5
    July 15th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    No offense but this is four items not one! Yes they are the same type of shoes, but in completely different patterns and colors. It doesn’t really show how you can put together four different outfits all involving one common item…

  6. 6
    July 15th, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    It looks like TOMS will become the next Uggs. I love the idea of providing shoes for the needy, but based on aesthetics alone, these shoes really aren’t that cute. Just my personal opinion.

  7. 7
    July 15th, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    I feel like this is kind of cheating, shouldn’t it be only one pair of Toms, not 4?

  8. 8
    July 15th, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Love the regular toms but you should have shown outfits with the toms wedges also.

  9. 9
    July 15th, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Love outfit 2! Will definitely buy those teal toms!

  10. 10
    July 15th, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    @ Lauren and Sally: I decided to include different pairs of TOMS because the shape of the shoes never changes. I really wanted to show readers how many colors and designs TOMS come in, but you could easily wear all of these outfits with the same pair.

    @ Madeline: Great suggestion! I haven’t tried TOMS wedges yet; are they as comfy as the slip ons?

  11. 11
    July 16th, 2011 at 1:35 am

    I feel you should have picked an item that was a lot more common. I don’t feel that as many girls own a pair of Toms as a pair of denim shorts. (I ordered a pair and promptly returned them because I personally think they’re cheaply made.) And I agree that you should have picked one shoe. All the shoes are not interchangeable between the outfits. The shoes in Outfit #3 would look terrible with Outfit #2. I think a good idea would be to choose a piece like a black skirt or a pair of flats. Those seem more commonplace than a pair of Toms. I look forward to your next article, because I really like the concept of the series!

  12. 12
    July 16th, 2011 at 6:07 am

    I’m kind of sick of seeing Tom’s. Everyone wears them. I love the charity aspect of it, but I wish someone with cuter shoes would do that. Like Raffy pointed out, they are reminding me of the Uggs trend.

  13. 13
    July 16th, 2011 at 7:03 am

    I’m trying to decide if I want to buy some Toms. I would have to order them online because I live abroad. I like the red flats, but I would like to get some wedges. Which color, though?!?

  14. 14
    July 16th, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Wow these outfits are so cute and versatile! This is a great way to show all the different possibilities and ensembles you can create with TOMS. I especially like the first outfit! The shoes provide a great pop of color to the “minimum color.”

  15. 15
    July 16th, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Gorgeous! Number 4 is my favorite!

  16. 16
    July 16th, 2011 at 11:16 am

    I like the outfits and I know TOMS support a very great cause, but I can not make myself buy a pair because they are literally all over campus. Every guy and girl can be seen in a pair going to class, and I have no desire to follow a trend that huge.

  17. 17
    July 16th, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Hey I think you did a great job Kaitlin! :) I’ve been looking at flat espadrille-style shoes lately. ( – love the hot pink one on the wikipedia article)

    I’ve kind of been wondering how I’ll incorporate a pair into my wardrobe, and this article helps a lot! :)

  18. 18
    July 16th, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    I found that my toms fit small so I had to buy a half size larger, just a heads up to anyone who plans to buy them online!

  19. 19
    July 16th, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    40 dollars for a shoe that cost atleast 5 dollars to make is just not cutting it. While the outfits are cute, I wish Toms would improve quality.

  20. 20
    July 16th, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    I think you did a great job with all the outfits. Personally I don’t like Toms, I don’t think the style of them is cute at all, and like another poster mentioned above, they’re basically the new Uggs, unattractive but have become this huge trend. For slip ons, I prefer vans

  21. 21
    July 16th, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    I don’t think Toms are the new Uggs. The look is definitely in the eye of the beholder; you can love it or hate it, or maybe it’ll grow on you (like it did me). Aside from that, they are admittedly minimalist and cheaper than the price–but if you think about it, you’re paying for another pair to be shipped to a developing country and delivered straight into the hands of a needy school child. Can you really put a price on that?

    Great job on the article, although I think it could have been better with one pair for all four as well.

  22. 22
    July 16th, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    First crocs, then uggs, and now toms. If not for the fact that so many girls jump on every fashion bandwagon that comes along I would be completely confused as to why there shoes are exploding in popularity. They remind me of my father’s slippers, just in bright colours.

  23. 23
    July 16th, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    I’m so happy you wrote about Toms! Although some girls think they are just a fad, I think they are really versatile and cute. They also go to charity and unlike Uggs aren’t hundreds of dollars! You don’t have to get them yourself, but please stop hating girls. Unless you have invented another way to be able to provide thousands of shoes to children in third world countries, you have no reason to be so negative.

  24. 24
    July 16th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    awesome! great article!! :)

  25. 25
    July 17th, 2011 at 3:11 am

    I have to agree that just one pair of Toms wouldn’t work for just any of those outfits. Maybe a plain neutral color pair, but not the ones shown. I wouldn’t consider this one look. Each look is different because of the different shoes. The looks are cute, but not necessarily interchangable with one pair of shoes.

  26. 26
    July 17th, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Toms fit better if you buy them a half size smaller because they stretch out on your feet.

  27. 27
    July 17th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Hi, I don’t think you should support TOMS Shoes, cause they aren’t a good form of development aid. Please watch video:

  28. 28
    July 17th, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    thank you, thank you, thank you for posting!! i asked, you delivered… that makes this amazing :)

  29. 29
    July 19th, 2011 at 4:13 am

    I’m surprised to see so many anti-Toms comments, I didn’t realize that they were such a large fad. I’ve never owned a pair of crocs, Uggs etc, but own 3 pairs of shoes featured in this post (except I have the black glitter shoes, not the silver).

    For the record, yes they are really overpriced,even with the pair donated.

    But personally I find them super comfy, they are less bulky and lighter than my old Vans slip-ons.

    I love how they look as a more attractive alternative to sneakers.

  30. 30
    July 27th, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    I’m in love with outfit number 2 and specially those teal toms! I’ve been looking everywhere for them but no luck anybody know where I could get those teal toms??

  31. 31
    July 27th, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    @ Kenie_la: I’m glad you like the look! If you click on the “TOMS” link under the second outfit, it will take you to the Nordstrom website, where you can order the teal TOMS.

  32. 32
    July 28th, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    @Kaitlin Omg I found them thanks you so much! :D

  33. 33
    September 19th, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    I bought Toms for the comfort, Vans are very uncomfortable for me so they are not the same at all. Toms are very comfortable especially while running from class to class at college, I love these looks by the way :)

  34. 34
    March 22nd, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    OMG this most recent Christmas I got the earrings for outfit 2 before reading this post OMG! the link doesn’t work but they are available at

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