June 8, 2013

Toms Shoes, Part 2

Woven Giraffe Tiny Toms Shoes

Some of you might remember a post I did about a year ago on Toms Shoes HERE.  (I don't know why this happens, but if you click on the link and view my old post, most of my photos of Toms have disappeared and the little icon that shows a question mark "?" in a blue box has taken their place.  Can someone please explain why this happens?)

ANYWAYS (as my daughter used to say), I discovered how comfortable, inexpensive and cool Toms were and have been buying them ever since, a pair here and a pair there.  The post mentioned above debuted my absolutely awesome pair of tartan Toms, which my friend Judy brought back to me from Costa Rica:

While this tartan pair is still my favorite, I've come across a few more that I'm trying to convince myself that I can't live without.

When I saw this madras pair of Toms on their website, I became weak in the knees:
Toms are so chic that even Neiman Marcus carries them.  This pair is an N-M exclusive:

Neimans also has Toms in a sequined camo number:
They're not really my taste, but interesting nonetheless.

Of course the haute couture designers had to jump on the bandwagon and do their knock-offs.  Chanel calls these their "Espadrilles," but they sure look like Toms to me:
For $900.00, you, too, can have your own pair of Toms knock-offs by Chanel!

But here is where my Toms story takes a dark turn.  As I was mindlessly perusing the internet the other day, I happened to run across this pair of Toms.  I knew instantly that I MUST have them:

Toms Shoes collaborated with Rachel Ashwell of Shabby Chic fame and came up with this adorable design.

Unfortunately, it was a limited edition and they sold out almost immediately.  This was back in February, 2013.  I was dismayed that I hadn't heard about them at the time.   

Remembering that almost anything can be found on eBay, I immediately started looking there.  And yes, I found them:
There they are.  Just what I wanted.  I was so excited.  I had found them.  

But wait!  Remember when I said above that one of the attractive things about Toms was their inexpensive price tag, usually between $45.00 and $55.00? 

Well, this eBay seller has set the starting bid at $189.00.  Price gouger!  Blood sucker!  Greedy rapscallion!  It's unconscionable….  How can they live with themselves?

So unless I happen to run across a pair of these Shabby Chic Toms at an estate sale (highly unlikely), I guess I'll just have to dream on about them and their stellar cuteness.  

In the meantime, if you stumble upon a pair in size 7.5, let me know ASAP.  I'll write a feature post about you and how you saved Miss Tartan Terrace from years of despair about the Toms that got away.       


  1. I hope you find your perfect pair of TOMS. I have a pair of burlap ones and LOVE them. xo

  2. So cute! Love the style, but never bought any. Gotta check them out.

  3. Hi Katharine!!!!

    They are so cute!!!!!

    I will definitely keep my eyes open. I'm usually good at finding things.

    Enjoy the rest of the weekend!!!!


  4. Oh, I have 4 pair of the burlap Toms. Can't get enough of them!

  5. I have a black pair and love them! I wear the same size shoe that you do....I'll look for TWO pair! heehee! Hugs!

  6. My two girls wore them constantly last summer. My oldest had a black sequined pair and my youngest had a tiny pair with polka-dots. They were favorites for sure. I saw a pair that I've been loving with black and white stripes recently.

    Did you have any luck with the roses at Home Depot? I haven't planted the two I found in the ground yet, but they sure are blooming away. I cute five stems yesterday and put them in a vase. They're completely gorgeous.

    Thank you for asking about my homeschool year. It went really well, and we're planning to continue. (spoken with the ease of someone currently on summer break!)

  7. Why didn't we know about the RA collaboration ????? They are adorable! My wear size 9 just in case you find more. Ha! Ha! ~ Another great post........Sarah

  8. I am a huge sucker for an awesome pair of Toms too. I would not pay $900 dollars for a pair of knock off Toms though, that is ridiculous. They are not even that impressive either. I will keep an eye out for your shoe.


  9. Hi Katharine!

    Somehow, I missed seeing this post and am just now catching up! I love the Chanel shoes and will certainly be buying several when my ship comes in. Until then, I will happily settle for the madras or the tartan!

    And those nasty price gougers- hopefully, they will not sell many!


  10. Ref your missing TOMS photos from your previous post, the links to the photos have been broken. You can repair them by going back to the original post and repairing the links. Easy peasy.

    I love TOMS, too, but find them to be pretty pricey even at the retail level. I esp like the madras pair. Please leave them to me in your will and thank you in advance.

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