The TOMS Payton is available in sizes 6 to 14 exclusively for men. It comes in medium width only making it suitable for wearers with narrow to slightly wide feet. For those who are typically in between sizes, it is recommended to get the smaller size because the upper material will eventually stretch after wearing it for some time.
This kick is one of the low-top sneakers from TOMS that has a sophisticated aesthetic. Depending on the colorway, It is made up of different upper materials, including denim, chambray, suede and leather. It looks great with cropped pants paired with either a shirt or sweater.
Despite having laces, it has an internal gore which allows the users to wear the shoe with or without laces. The TOMS Payton also features a dual-density footbed and a rubber cup sole.
Payton is one of the casual sneakers from TOMS, a company founded in Playa Del Rey, California. The inception of the company began when founder Blake Mycoskie traveled to Argentina in January 2006. He was doing some volunteer work somewhere outside the urbanized city of Buenos Aires. There he saw a lot of children running around with no shoes. With that, he decided to sell the famous espadrilles in the US with the hopes of giving away a pair of shoes to those in need with every pair sold.
Mycoskie went back to America and sold his company for $500,000, so he can start his new business. He named it Toms, short for his original concept “Shoes for Tomorrow Project.” He also enlisted the help of some Argentinian shoe manufacturers to make him 250 pairs of TOMS kicks.
Sales of TOMS shoes skyrocketed to nine times more than what they had online after an article about them ran in the Los Angeles Times. 10,000 pairs of shoes were sold in their first year. On October 2006, just five months after they began selling their famous canvas slip-on, Toms was able to give away 10,000 pairs to the children in Argentina.
By the year 2011, more than 500 shoe retailers from all over the world carried the brand. In 2012, more than 2 million pairs of new shoes were distributed to children from several developing countries across the globe. To date, the company has already given more than 6 million pairs of shoes for different kinds of terrains and seasons. These shoes were given to kids in China, Australia, El Salvador, Tajikistan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, and America with the help of some humanitarian organizations.
However, a lot of business experts criticized the company for their way of helping others. They pointed out that giving away free shoes does not solve the core of the problem of developing countries. Thus, Mycoskie addressed this issue by launching shoe manufacturing factories in Haiti.
Decades after the successful launch of the rubber-soled canvas slip-on from TOMS, several other shoe models have been released, including the Paseo, Del Rey, and Payton. They have kicks not just for men but also for women and kids. The company has also expanded its One for One campaign to eyewear, coffee, and bags.
- The TOMS Payton is a vegan sneaker.