Summary

We spent 7.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • One of the positive feature of the TOMS Carmel that most users agreed on is its comfortable feel.
  • Many loved the fun and distinctive style of this low-top sneaker.
  • Several users expressed contentment over this shoe’s lightweight construction.
  • A few wearers admired the inclusion of the Ortholite insole because it provides extra cushioning for extended walks. 
  • A lot of sneakerheads mentioned getting tons of compliments while wearing the TOMS women’s Carmel sneaker.
  • This shoe has a flexible sole, based on a couple of comments.
  • Some reviewers were happy about the sturdiness of this kick.
  • A good number of purchasers were pleased with the affordable price of the Carmel sneakers from TOMS.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A few noticed that this shoe runs smaller than other TOMS sneakers.
  • Some were not happy about the heel height as it caused redness and blisters in the ankle.
  • This shoe does not provide enough arch support, based on one TOMS Carmel sneakers review.

Bottom line

The comfortable in-shoe feel, simple-yet-fun aesthetics, lightweight construction and durability of the Carmel sneaker are enough to make it one of the best TOMS sneakers in the market. In addition to these, the shoe has a flexible sole, a well-cushioned sockliner, and an affordable price tag. 

A few negative feedback for this shoe includes its rather small sizing and bothersome heel height. Overall, the TOMS Carmel is worth a try if you are looking for a cute spring sneaker.

Facts

Top: Low
Inspired from: Casual
Collection: TOMS Topanga
Price: $50
Colorways: Beige, Blue, Brown, Green, Grey, Multi, Pink, Red, Yellow
Size
Small True to size Large
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Expert Reviews

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The TOMS Carmel is offered exclusively for women with sizes that range from 5 to 12 in medium width. This shoe runs small and tight. Therefore, sizing up is the best option in order to get a comfortable fit. Also, adjusting the laces can help users with wide feet.

Turn heads while walking around town in a floral dress and a pair of TOMS Carmel. Its low-top silhouette is also great with cropped pants, tattered jeans, and denim shorts. This lace-up kick can also be paired with skirts and leggings.

The upper of the TOMS Carmel uses canvas material in several colors of spring. It comes in lightweight, Vegan-friendly construction and a vulcanized rubber outsole. 

TOMS, a for-profit shoe manufacturing company based in California, was founded in 2006 by Blake Mycoskie. It is famous for selling shoes under the One for One business model. For every pair of Toms shoe sold, a child in an underdeveloped country also gets a pair for free. 

Initially, the company sold simple, espadrille-inspired canvas shoes. During their first year, 10,000 pairs of shoes were sold. Today, more than 6 million pairs of shoes were already sold. Consequently, 6 million pairs of shoes were also given to children in developing countries. 

TOMS is also known for making Vegan-friendly shoes. One of them is the TOMS Carmel. Inspired by the coastal towns in California, this sneaker has a 70s vibe and a low-top profile. It is an easy-going sneaker that is an ethical choice for everyday casual wear during the warmer days of spring.  

  • This sneaker features the Ortholite high-rebound insole for cushioned comfort and underfoot support.
  • An 8.5 TOMS Carmel sneaker weighs 199 grams.
  • It is ethically made from Vegan materials. 

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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