19 Jun 2012

trendy footwear

In March, I got a job with a stricter dress code than I’ve been required to adhere to lately.

And by that, I mean I can’t wear flip-flops.

For a few months, my finances didn’t allow me to make any purchases above and beyond my daily coffee regimen, so I suffered through an On-Your-Feet job with boots (sweaty above 60 degrees), sneakers (not fashion-forward), or three-year-old Payless flats (I never knew what arch support was until my feet almost broke in half).

Finally, after procuring a bit of graduation money, I made a single splurge:

I am the last person on the planet to buy a pair and rave about them. They are a bit goofy looking, but A) no more goofy than the sneakers and skinny jeans I was sporting before and B) when you are the last person to buy a pair, nobody notices.

They are probably the next best thing to my Havaianas, which is exactly what I was hoping for. I think I may try wearing them to my next job interview?

P.S. Two weeks in, they already smell like feet. Any cleaning tips, Everyone Else Who Has Had TOMS For Years, so I can continue to throw them in my bag on-the-go without stinking up all of my belongings?

P.P.S. Please note: this is your reward for finishing two Master’s Degrees. Stinky shoes.


  1. Jenny wrote:

    (De-lurking after an embarrassingly long time. And on a post about shoes no less, rather than something awesome about libraries or YA literature! Sigh.)

    Sorry I don’t have any TOMS cleaning tips; I decided not to purchase them because of the stinky thing. Next time you get the chance to splurge again, take a look at these: http://www.zappos.com/patagonia-maha-breathe (there’s a video after all the angle views, which helps). My flats usually get smelly really fast, but after two months of wearing these almost every single day, there’s no smell. I even walk to work in them (3 miles round trip). They took about three days to form to my feet, but there were no blisters in the breaking-in period. The mesh is awesome … and even more so because it doesn’t look like mesh from a couple of feet away.

    Posted on 6.20.12 · Reply to comment
    • jessica wrote:

      Thank you for the tip!! Those actually look pretty cute – maybe once I get a job, I will have enough $$ and they could pass work shoes 🙂

      Also… OMG I HAVE A LURKER!!!! AAAahhh! I feel like a real blogger!

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  2. Erin wrote:

    If you find out how to de-smell them, let me know! I love my TOMS, but now that it’s summer, I’m finding the same thing…

    Posted on 6.21.12 · Reply to comment

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