Now back in Virginia, I’ve had a few days to unpack my suitcase, adjust back to Eastern Time and catch up on work emails.
During my two-week stay in LA, I soaked in some culture at the Museum of Contemporary Art, strolled the breezy streets of Santa Monica and tried Korean BBQ for the first time with friends at a great place in Korea Town (the two hour wait proved how good the food was).
I did squeeze in a buying trip to the apparel market in downtown LA, though, and bought suitcases full of clothing and jewelry to bring back to my boutique, Duo.
While in the LA, Jeff took pictures of me wearing several of the the new outfits I curated at market. While I usually rely on my 20-something-year-old employees to model our styles, I decided to do it myself this time. We always need outfit images to use on my shop’s social media and website, and the setting was too good to pass up.
I wanted some basic but stylish shoes for our amateur photo shoot in the arid mountains of Angeles National Forest, about 30 minutes outside of the city. I was surprised to find two very different pairs of Toms that paired well with a variety of outfits and were really comfortable, too.
The first, of course, was a pair of sneakers. I’ve never had any Toms shoes except for the basic slip-ons that I think most everyone has a pair of. These lace-ups jumped out at me because of the subtle side cutouts, making the relatively standard style of these sneakers slightly unique. They come in black and tan and have a soft suede upper.The Lenox sneakers have incredibly comfortable insoles, as you might expect from a brand known more for comfort than style. They go with dresses, skirts, jeans and shorts. My only complaint after walking around in them is they don’t have a lot of side support, so if your foot slightly rolls outward like mine does, these don’t do much hold them in place or maintain the shape of the shoe. But for a suede sneaker (priced at $88.95 at Nordstrom), I think they’re a solid shoe for a pretty good price.
I needed a heel for some of the outfits I styled, so I opted for my Toms Leila Booties in Warm Tan. These are a classic neutral bootie that will take me through the summer-to-fall transition. Like the Lenox sneakers, these shoes are so comfortable. What I love most about them is the tassel on the back zipper and the stitching along the front. These are going to be my go-to boots for fall.
Recently back in stock on the Toms website, the Leila booties are priced just below $140.
While I was on the Toms site, I looked into their giving policy. I’ve always known their One For One tagline, letting consumers know that for every pair of shoes you buy, they give one pair to a person in need. What I didn’t realize, though, was that they also give individuals prescription eye glasses, medical care, water, training for birth attendants, and anti-bullying training for school staff.
So, while I got two pairs of shoes, someone somewhere got something much more important and meaningful.
Disclaimer: I am part of the Toms affiliate program because I am a big fan of their products and I like to tell other people about products and brands I love. I may receive compensation if a product is purchased from them through the links on my blog. That said, I purchased these two pairs of Toms shoes and the opinions written about them are my own with no influence from the Toms brand or anyone associated with it. Just FYI.