Toms Desert Wedge Review
Once the favorite of teenagers looking to dip their toes into the fight against poverty, Toms has now blossomed into a worldwide sensation. The brand's entire platform is based on the idea that capitalism and consumerism can drive good regardless of falling short in other ways. Toms has always donated a pair of shoes for every pair bought from them, making the boastful claim that they have provided more than 20 million pairs of shoes to children in need.
Regardless of your reason for checking out this wedge, we both know you came here for more than just a debriefing on their company. After all, who isn't aware of their mission statement at this point? It takes more than just the promise of charity to lure people into buying your designs, however. So, what does Toms do in this regard? They kick ass. Their designs are insanely comfortable, perfectly wearable, and always have had a great team of designers.
Keep on reading, because I'm going to break down all of the best, and worst, parts of this style. We're going to pull it apart and figure out why you want it... and why you don't.
Rubber sole for added traction
Soft, textured suede
Lightly structured upper
Material will stretch over time
Requires special maintenance
However, as I said, there's a catch.
The availability of neutral tones is a double-edged sword. This is a popular pick for the summer season, so it may not be for you if you want a bright pop of color. I rock earthy tones throughout the whole year so it doesn't bother me, but the lack of brighter colors could be a problem for some. This loses it some points in this category, but I'm still giving it a pretty high score.
It measures in at 5" from the sole to the collar. This is a significant height (a little shorter than a pen, for example), but the encased upper and full support will help you out.
So, of course, the Desert model loses points for its lacing system. However, I do think it's a little nitpicky. Also, if you'd like, you can always swap out the laces it's sent with for a sturdier, but just as stylish, pair. If you plan on doing that then I would suggest hemp laces (yup, it's a thing and yup, it looks great).
Another great feature of this design is the delicate stitching all throughout the design. They add a light texture and keep the shoe from looking "flat". The overlap from the extended cuff over the upper gives you a more secure fit while also breaks up the otherwise bland design. If it weren't for these features I would be giving it a thumbs down, but the extra care taken really gives it a boost.
As mentioned earlier, I'm a huge fan of the overlapping panels they've placed on the upper of the shoe. These serve to help the shoe fit better while adding another dimension to the overall package. There's also some very delicate stitching along the entire wedge which brings some much-needed texture on board.
You can style this wedge with almost anything- it's a timeless silhouette in a neutral shade! There's a lot to love about that. Skinny jeans, dresses, shorts; you name it and you can probably pair them together. Versatility is the cornerstone of a great wardrobe and Toms clearly understands that.
However, they are towering wedges. This lowers their versatility for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it means they'll be uncomfortable for long nights or days. There are those among us who don't mind being in heels all day, but for comfort's sake a pair of flats would do just fine. These are best suited to somebody who is very comfortable in heels, or just wants to rock a pair for short nights on the town.
However, how does the Desert wedge stand up to closer scrutiny? After all, this isn't a review just on the brand as a whole. Just because they're great doesn't mean they're going to offer an amazing product every single time. Overall? They're a great choice... for a specific type of person. Let's talk about that a little more.
I think that the Desert wedge is a solid addition to any wardrobe that includes heels of the same style. These are absolutely not for beginnings. They say to start with wedges, and that's true, but this is too much too soon. A smaller wedge would do just fine until you work up to these. The extra weight added by the platform will also make them a little harder to walk in.
The colors offered are absolutely a plus, and it's a highly impressive range. There's no doubt that you can find the exact color you're looking for- so long as you're a lover of neutrals. As mentioned earlier, that's really your only option. I don't see it being a huge issue, though. Most people try to stay understated with their shoes. This is especially true for a design that already has lovely detailing, like their delicate stitching and overlapping panels.
Whether or not this is the pair for you is entirely up to, well, you. Your comfort levels will determine your abilty to rock these, alongside your previous experience in heels. They're fairly versatile, and they are also incredibly supportive. Just keep in mind the downsides, too.