Verdict from 9.4 hours of research from the internet

8 reasons to buy

  • Most owners described the TOMS Payton as a very comfortable shoe even for extended use.
  • Some wearers commended the shoe’s lightweight nature.
  • Many sneakerheads liked the colors of the shoe.
  • A good number of buyers were happy that they can pair this shoe with almost any outfit.
  • Several commenters mentioned that the TOMS Payton sneaker is a great looking casual shoe.
  • This shoe has a good amount of cushioning, according to some consumers.
  • Numerous users welcomed the fact that this shoe can be worn with or without the laces.
  • A few users appreciated the inclusion of the removable insole because they can replace it with orthotic ones.

3 reasons not to buy

  • One TOMS Payton review stated that this shoe is not very breathable.
  • Some people complained about getting blisters on the right heel.
  • A few people noticed that this shoe runs small.

Bottom line

TOMS Payton earned the recognition of many users, thanks to its comfortable and lightweight feel. It is one of TOMS’ stylish casual sneakers that can be worn with almost anything. Additionally, the shoe’s cushioning system and removable sockliner also received wonderful praises from many.

Contrariwise, some users were disappointed about the irregular sizing of this sneaker. Also, the upper caused blisters to a few disappointed owners. Nonetheless, it has received more pros than cons making it a worthy investment if you are looking for a comfortable and versatile sneaker for the streets.

User reviews:

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.

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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