When the company launched in 2006, Toms Only one shoe sold: espadrilles, based on a canvas slip-on shoe popular in Argentina. Since then, the company’s lineup (and its commitment to giving) has expanded dramatically, and now it’s revisiting the model that started it all with the launch of the Rover. Kicks reimagines Alpargata. If you love the ease of slip-on shoes but need something more durable and comfortable for everyday wear, like a sneaker, this is definitely worth considering.
The TOMS Rover has the same overall silhouette as the Alpargata, but it’s a bit denser and comes with some notable upgrades. Let’s start at the bottom: Features a thick, dual-density sole made from a combination of rubber and EVA. The forefoot is optimized for high bounce, so you get a lace-up feel with every step, while the heel is filled with high-density cushioning for a plush ride. Moreover, each pair comes with a high bounce OrthoLite X40 Insoles for added energy return. The outsole has been reinforced (also known as reinforced) for added stability and durability. Bottom line: This will provide a more comfortable experience for your feet than the base model Alpargatas.
TOMS has made some significant tweaks to the top, too. Rovers come with a ribbed collar for a snug fit, and when you need to unbutton the right shoe, TOMS provides two Pull tabs for easy on and off. For a little extra money, you can upgrade to the waterproof upper – a nice feature compared to the traditional canvas found in the brand’s other shoes.
As you’d expect from TOMS, every Rover purchase supports the company’s charitable initiatives. A third of the company’s profits are donated to various grassroots organizations that work to advance mental health, end gun violence, and increase access to opportunity. Supporting these good causes should make you feel light on your feet.
[Starting at $70; toms.com]
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