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Soludos versus TOMS; Are they the same shoe?

July 12, 2012

First there were TOMS and now there is Soludos. Well actually there are loads of brands of these flat espidrille type shoes. Even JCREW has a version.

But the two names that seem to stick out as top favourites are Soludos and TOMS. And while they are similar there are differences down to the soles of the shoes. So Soludos versus TOMS, are they the same shoe? Which is better? Is one more comfortable than the other? We will look at all of these questions in this post.

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Soludos versus TOMS: Shop the Styles:

Soludous: Yellow Dali, Colour Block, Skinny IKAT, Bold Ikat, Lace Up. TOMS: Glitter, Techno Two tone, Lamar Heart Print, Canvas Classic in Red or Navy.

When it comes down to it the shoes are super similar at first glance. And maybe it is the canvas top that equates the two. But TOMS has a rubber sole whereas Soludos has a jute sole. What does that mean for you? If you want a sneaker like shoe that can pound the pavement go for TOMS. Want something cooler for hot days and hanging at the beach but hate flip flops? Soludos is where to look. Soludos is based on a traditional espadrille whereas TOMS is developed off the Argentine Alpargata. TOMs has WAAAAYYYY more styles, plus sizes for kids and babies.There are also desert boots, wedges and even glasses. Soludos does one shoe. Plus TOMS has their one for one campaign. You buy a pair of shoes (or glasses) and one pair is donated to a third world child.

Soludos does start at a cheaper price point. But for me all things equal I would pay more for TOMS based on their charity work alone.

What do you think? Which do you like better? TOMS or Soludos? Or do they serve a different purpose in your closet?

2014 UPDATE Soludos versus TOMS

Since originally posting Soludos versus TOMS I have owned both a pair of TOMS and  a pair of Soludos. Here is how the differences break down for me.

Soludos are quite narrow. When I first tried to get them on I really struggled and wondered if I had ordered the right size. But after wearing them around the house for 10 minutes there was lots of stretching. They are now very comfortable to wear. Still if you have a wide foot you might want to consider TOMS over Soludos.

The one thing that I don’t like about my TOMS after a year of wear is that the footbed liner never stays in; I have to adjust and make sure it is sitting properly to put the shoe on and walk properly. After a year of wear the TOMS look grungy but the sole is still intact and in good condition.

I think because of the difference in cotton fabrics (the weaves are different between the two companies) Soludos comes off looking cleaner and newer for longer. Also because the Soludos are narrower they seem to lengthen the foot and I find they look more chic. I am also loving their recent collaborations & their lace up styles.

What do you think? Which do you prefer? Soludos versus TOMS.

  • nicole feliciano (@momtrends)
    July 13, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Stopping by from Fashion Friday. I’ve never tried either. But I do think Soludos are slightly more chic.


    • ja4marti
      July 13, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      I think it depends on the print too. Some I really like others not so much for each brand. But yes TOMs tend to have a sneaker feel which is really casual.

  • parentingbydummies (@dumbparent)
    July 14, 2012 at 6:53 am

    I have tried on both of those brands and they just look ridiculous on me. I’m not sure what it is about my feet but they can NOT pull off the cuteness in those the way other people can!

    • ja4marti
      July 14, 2012 at 8:38 am

      ah too bad because they can look super cute. I tend to wear my Bensimons more – have you tried those?

  • All Things Chic
    July 14, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I haven’t tried either – my daughter is DYING for a pair of sequined TOMS for school, though!

    dropping by from fashion friday

    • ja4marti
      July 14, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      oh I know I want to grap a pair each for my son and daughter. So cute for kids!

  • The Avg Girl Guide (@AvgGirlsGuide)
    July 15, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Fun post! I have a pair of Soludos and adore them however the bottom thin rubber sole is already separating from the jute. Toms seem to be better quality.

    • ja4marti
      July 15, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      good to know!

  • kellywhalen818
    July 16, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Good to know! I can’t wear this type of shoe because my foot is slightly narrow, but I adore the way they look on other people! 😉

  • lololauren
    July 18, 2012 at 12:38 am

    I own a pair of Toms and a pair of Soludos. As far as how they look on, I prefer the Soludos, as another person said they look more chic and are better for summer, and I receive more compliments on them. However, they aren’t made very well. I’ve had mine for 4 months and about 2 months ago the rubber along the bottom of the shoe started coming off. Thankfully it hasn’t gotten much worse, but I’ve had my Toms for over a year and they are still in pretty good condition. So if you’re looking for better quality, go with Toms. But as long as you don’t get your Soludos wet (that really messes them up), they should last you a while.

  • Judy Berkowitz
    December 20, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    The Toms mantra of buy-one-give-one is tremendously misleading. The Toms company *has already sold* the pair of shoes you are buying to the retail outlet.
    Awkward sentence… what I mean is that by the time you buy the shoe – whether at a store or online – the charitable donation part of the transaction has already come and gone.

    • Jane the torontoShopoholic
      December 21, 2014 at 8:01 am

      While that is likely true and makes sense from a business perspective as long as they actually maintain the one for one, does it matter? If it does matter to you then buying directly from Toms would be the way to go.

  • Annie
    March 1, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Rain or shine TOMS shoes are more dependable. It’s good for wide feet. I never had any problems with TOMS that’s why I have 4 pairs of it. It lasts an average of 2 years for me. I can wash it when it’s dirty too. Soludos are really for dry weather

  • Chelsea
    July 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    I’m debating on getting some Soludos, so this was very helpful. Thank you!

    I’d like to share, though, that the charity aspect of TOMS really isn’t and shouldn’t be a reason for buying them. There are quite a lot of flaws within their “buy one give one” model, and they might actually be doing more harm than good. Just something to consider. Not saying there’s anything wrong with getting them, I used to own a couple pair (that honestly fell apart over time so I hope they’ve increased their quality) but the charity model should be transparent, and sadly people think they’re doing good when they probably aren’t. Here’s one of many articles that breaks it down: https://www.fastcompany.com/1679628/the-broken-buy-one-give-one-model-three-ways-to-save-toms-shoes

    • jane@chiceverywhere.com
      July 15, 2017 at 6:25 pm

      Thanks Chelsea – good to know about Toms whole social responsible angle.