Who has two thumbs and is guilty of a little bit of false advertising?
My Toms aren’t exactly steel-toed, but they are better than they were.
A few days ago, I noticed that the toes of my Toms were feeling a little thin… I took a peek inside, only to notice that the inner layer of canvas was already worn thin. I bought these boys in March, wore them for a month or two, tucked them away while my toes celebrated summer in flip-flops and pulled them back out a few weeks ago. Needless to say, I was NOT HAPPY to realize that I spent fifty buckaroos on a pair of shoes that I was only going to get a few months’ wear out of.
For those of you who don’t know about Toms shoes, for every pair they sell, they donate a pair to a needy child somewhere on this planet. So, in essence, you are buying yourself and some hungry kid a seriously cute (yet totally not durable) pair of shoes in Haiti or something. Not to kick a gift horse in the mouth, and flimsy shoes are better than no shoes, but how pissed would you be if you were that kid? Give them a pair of Keens and call it a day.
I have seen so many pins on Pinterest on how to recover your Toms because the toe has worn through, but I’m not about to embark on reupholstering my canvas shoes in gingham… I’d rather just buy myself (and that kid in Haiti) a new pair.
That’s not to say that I am just going to sit idly by while my big toe wears a hole in my shoes. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of gingham fabric and frustration. Here is how I did it…
I got an iron-on patch in the craft/fabric section of Walmart. It cost me a $1.17. Methinks Mr. Tom could splurge a small amount and reinforce the toes of every pair of Toms from this point forward. Not for us here in the civilized world, of course, but for those poor kids who would otherwise have their piggies poking out of their newly gifted shoes.
I traced the sole of the shoe onto the patch, added a wee bit more space to the tip of the toe and made two small cuts so the fabric would form to the inside of the shoe a little better.
I slid the patch into the tip of the shoe, shiny side up and made sure the spot where your big toe goes was covered. With a super hot, dry iron, I melted that baby in. Just a tip; elastic and the soles of Toms have meltable stuff in there, so try your best to avoid contact with those parts. You might be thinking “uh, duh.” As am I. But I wasn’t with the first one and I’ve got a smidgy little melty spot to prove it.
I was worried that I was going to ruin them or make them uncomfortable, but they look exactly the same as before and I can’t tell that there is another layer of fabric in the toe.
Please look for my new product, called “Lisas,” they are specially designed iron-on patches to place into the toes of your Toms, and for every pair you purchase, I’ll donate a pair to a child in need that has a pair of Toms that is also wearing out. They’ll also receive a free iron. Look for it in your grocer’s freezer section.