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TOMS Classic espadrille - Cloggs Hall of Fame
A modern take on a classic, traditional style, the TOMS Classic is an espadrille that makes a difference for people all over the world. Featuring a stylish folded canvas upper combined with sturdy rubber sole, TOMS' Classic style is the definitive word in laid back summer style, and has been a fixture of wardrobes since the company launched in the early 2000s.
The espadrille (also known as “alpargata”) is a style which dates back centuries and originates in the Catalonia region of Spain. It was transported to another Spanish speaking nation, Argentina, where it’s light, airy style made it a surefire winner in the oppressive heat of South America.
That was where the style was discovered by Blake Mycoskie in 2006. On a trip to Argentina, Mycoskie was struck by the amount of children whose families were unable to afford to put shoes on their feet. Upon his return to the US, Mycoskie started TOMS, with the intention of taking the style he’d seen so much potential in and turning it into something good for the children in Argentina unable to afford them.
Nearly a decade on, and TOMS have been roaring success. Through the implementation of their “One for One” program, they’ve given 35 million pairs of shoes. Although they’ve diversified into areas including eyewear and have varied their footwear, the majority of their business still comes through their Classic range.
1. While a traditional jute rope sole is found on certain TOMS' styles, including the University Classic range, most TOMS Classics feature a rubber outsole for added durability and grip.
2. All TOMS Classics proudly bear the company name on the heel as a mark of authenticity.
3. The interior of the Classic is often patterned to reflect the fun-loving, colourful nature of life in the country that inspired TOMS' creation, Argentina.
4. The canvas upper is both extremely breathable and light for maximum comfort.
TOMS Classics are the ultimate in summer holiday wear. They offer great ventilation through the canvas upper, keeping the feet cool and fresh in warm weather. Their minimalist, unfussy upper makes them applicable for smart casual evening wear, but their tight, almost sandal-like silhouette means they also work with shorts and summery dresses.
We stock the TOMS Classic in a colossal range of colours and styles, including the seasonal Classic versions and the nautically-themed striped University version. We have TOMS for men, women, kids and infants in a super cute velcro style!
Here’s some of our favourite colours:
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