19 July 2011

Review: Tiny Toms Shoes

The very generous people from Toms have sent Logan a pair of their fab new Tiny Toms Shoes to test and review. There were so many designs to choose from but in the end we went for the very cool elephant print shoes. Read on to see what we thought.

The first thing that stricks you about Toms is their mission statement: "With every pair you purchase, Toms will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One." What a brilliant thing for a company to do! A very generous act to say the least and Toms have been at it for over 4 years now. So where did it all begin? In 2006, American traveller Blake Mycoskie befriended children in a village in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created Toms Shoes, a company that would macth every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of shoes given to a child in need. One for One. Toms Shoes has now given over 1Million pairs of shoes to children in need around the world, helping to prevent diseases and get kids into education.

That's all great isn't it but children grow out of shoes quickly so Toms have strived to set up sustainable giving partnerships to keep giving whenever possible so children are kept in shoes as they grow. Toms also only make shoes to order so that no shoes go to waste. It takes around 4-6 months from your purchase before a child in need gets their shoes.

Toms produce their shoes in three different countries; Argentina, Ethiopia and China. You'll be pleased to know that all their factories are AAA rated and third party audited to ensure they employ no child labour and pay fair wages. Toms currently give in 23 countries and I'm sure that number will be growing every year.

Toms shoes are launching their new Tiny Toms and Youth Toms collection into the UK for this Summer, offering shoes for toddlers up to teenagers. There's every design in their range from cute classics in glitter or camouflage patterns, as well as a range inspired by the dramatic and visually engaging artwork, photograpgy, and animal drawings by British photojournalist Dan Eldon taken from his childhood and teenage years spent in Africa.

So what did we think of the shoes? Well we love them. They are very cute little canvas type shoes, soft, comfortable and oh so stylish. They are very well made and we couldn't find any flaws. The soles on these shoes are brilliant, nice and thick I can see them lasting a good while. Logan found them very easy to walk in and the patterns certainly drew his interest. They fasten using a velcro strap so perfect for a quick slip on if your child is having a 'moment'! The only thing I could see being a problem is they might get dirty quicker as they are canvas material but I'm sure they would wipe clean with a little elbow grease.

You can purchase your very own pair of Tiny Toms for your little one from Toms online shop RRP from £24.00.

Overall amazing shoes and an even more amazing company! Highly recommend you purchase, cheaper than Clarks and Toms also give a pair of shoes to a child in need so you're doing your bit. Tons of different designs to choose from and they even do shoes for adults as well. Logan loves his Tiny Toms and I'm sure we'll be purchasing another pair soon.

Mummies rating - 10/10
Logan rating - 10/10

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