Verdict from 100+ user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • Plenty of wearers appreciated the low-top’s moderate arch support.
  • The slight cushioning quality of the TOMS Carlo is praised by a couple of users. 
  • Some described the cushioning as “not too soft or too hard, just the right amount.”
  • Many commenters implied that this footwear is an excellent choice during holiday strolls, specifically on urban areas. 
  • According to a lot of TOMS men's Carlo burlap sneaker reviews, it is low-key stylish and could be paired with a multitude of lifestyle clothes. 
  • A customer particularly liked the flexibility of the TOMS Carlo.
  • There are some purchasers who expressed their desire to buy another pair because of its overall features.
  • A number of shoppers are delighted of the low-top’s budget-friendly price tag.
  • The majority of its wearers said that the TOMS men's Carlo sneaker feels comfortable.  

3 reasons not to buy

  • A considerable number of reviewers shared that the Carlo from TOMS runs large.
  • One of the customers is not satisfied because there wasn’t ample room on the interior for a custom insole.
  • Durability is at best doubtful, as per a purchaser. 

Bottom line

Offered in multiple colorways, the TOMS Carlo is a retro-looking sneaker that has a modest appearance. Many of its wearers are in agreement that this low-top is light and comfortable. 

While most of the feedback is about the exterior, a few also commended the moderate cushioning and arch support. While most of the reviews are positive, buyers have to be aware of the possibility that the TOMS Carlo runs large.

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Good to know

The TOMS Carlo can be acquired in US men’s sizes, from 7 to 14. There are some who warned that the low-top runs large. Subtracting a half up to a full size from the wearer’s regular measurements is recommended.

The low-top TOMS Carlo is available in pig suede, heritage canvas, and denim. Each of these materials has its own color schemes, which amounts to plenty of choices. Despite being regarded as versatile by wearers, it would be best to utilize the Carlo during casual walks, summer strolls, or while traveling as to maximize its breathable upper and lightweight feel.

For underfoot support and comfort, the TOMS Carlo’s insole is made from Ortholite high-rebound cushioned footbed. 

Blake Mycoskie, a businessman from Texas, started his shoe company Toms in 2006 after returning from a trip in Argentina. He got his inspiration by observing polo players that wear alpargatas, which is a type of canvas slip-on shoes. The alpargatas is essentially the blueprint of TOMS' first releases. Since its inception up to the present time, the company's base of operations is in Playa Del Rey, California.

TOMS has been lauded by the community for its philanthropic efforts. Labeled as One for One, every shoe purchased will also grant a pair to a child in need. The company is also known for doing its part against animal products by manufacturing vegan sneakers. One of the brand’s lifestyle shoes, the Toms Carlo, is offering a vegan-friendly construction.  

  • Approximately, the weight of each shoe is 10 oz.
  • The outsole has a herringbone tread pattern.


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