Summary

We spent 7.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Several of the TOMS Landen purchasers were driven to purchase a pair because of the hemp upper. 
  • Sheer straight-out-of-the-box comfort is how many described these sneakers. 
  • A couple of users were surprised that these are stain-resistant.
  • Most of those who commented are generally happy with their acquisition. 
  • The cushioning is a stellar composition of these shoes, said one tester.
  • A handful of wearers enjoy wearing these low top more because it is lightweight and breathable.
  • On feet, one described the fit of the Landen as spot-on.
  • A buyer admittedly bought a pair because of the brand’s advocacy.

4 reasons not to buy

  • One finds that the soles of the TOMS Landen are blindingly white.
  • A wearer was disappointed that the upper shrank after using it on wet grass consistently.
  • A few users complained that the upper material ripped after only a short time of wear. 
  • The original pair is more durable according to a commenter. 

Bottom line

Product for a cause makes a guiltless purchase, but given that users are also getting a product that is comfortable and apt for everyday wear, makes everything more worth it. Those that only think that TOMS are for alpargatas will find this updated style refreshing and an excellent addition to anyone’s collection. 

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Defying perception that all that TOMS know is its alpargatas, fresh designs are released that does not only sport one, two, but three different materials which ultimately gives various finishes, looks, and fit. Available in men’s ranging from 7.5-13, users can expect secure lockdown with its five metal-covered eyelets, which only makes it more durable. 

The minimalist trend is here to stay, and with TOMS Landen, jumping the bandwagon seems to be an easy feat. Aside from the different hues that are offered to consumers, these sneakers are also available in canvas, suede, and hemp. Each of which gives it a unique look and different function. 

While each stands out on its own, the low-top construction parallels its versatility. For casual events like strolling at the beach or mall, pairing these with shorts and a plain shirt works well. On the other hand, if the occasion calls to dress something nice, pairing these with dark jeans, a button-down, and a nice jacket is suggested. 

Despite being a newcomer in the footwear industry, TOMS manages to show consistency in its products. Released in three different upper materials, the TOMS Landen gives its users the option to choose. Hemp, canvas, and suede boast various benefits. Hemp is environmentally-friendly, canvas manifests no-fuss maintenance, and suede exudes a more polished look. 

Primarily, TOMS has been known for two things which catapulted the brand to success and marked its identity in the footwear industry. Traveling to Argentina in 2006 changed the life of founder Blake Mycoskie as he witnessed poverty and the hardships of children. 

Driven to make a change, he decided to start up a company taking the national shoe of the country, the alpargata, as his main product. Blake saw the potential of setting up a business, given his background as well, instead of going on the usual route of establishing a charity shop. It will also help him make his cause for sustainable. 

Putting his heart, other than his mind, made TOMS what it is today. Since then, the brand has released more silhouettes other than alpargatas and explored on sneakers. One of their releases is the TOMS Landen, a low-top construction with a lace-up closure. 

  • Every pair of TOMS sold is under the One for One program initiated by the brand, which gives another pair to a child in need. 
Author
Danny McLoughlin
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.

daniel@runrepeat.com