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The Tomboy’s Guide to Matching Belts and Shoes

When assembling an outfit or shopping for accessories, it can be tricky to feel confident in your choices. With belts and shoes, especially shoes made of leather or vegan leather, it’s easy to feel like you’re committing a massive fashion faux-pas if you don’t have the perfectly matched material in a belt.  As a basic rule, you want to be more traditional with your shoe-belt pairings in formal settings, while giving yourself leeway and going for more modern pairings in informal or semi-formal settings.   The Traditional Rules for Matching Belts and Shoes In formal settings like job interviews, weddings, funerals, black tie affairs, or coronation ceremonies (kids these days go to those a lot, right?) you should abide by...

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My Shoes Stink! What Should I Do?

Sometimes shoes smell. This is nothing to be ashamed of.   Whether the odor bothering you is from super new shoes that still have some lingering artificial smell from the vegan leather or shoes that have been lovingly worn to the point of sweaty foot stank, there is a way to fix the stink!   Tomboy Toes shoes and other formal shoes definitely can’t just be tossed in the washing machine or soaked in cleaning products. So how do you get rid of the smell?   To Fix Artificial, Rubbery Odors in Your Shoes Sometimes when you receive a brand new pair of shoes, the vegan leather was very recently cut, releasing unpleasant artificial smells. It will go away naturally...

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Dress Shoe Fashion Tips: Matching Socks, Accessorizing with Colored Laces, and More!

We're back with another awesome interview blog post, this time featuring the fashion wisdom of Stephanie Ash-Perry, the stylist for the official Tomboy Toes photoshoot earlier this year. For those of us who are just getting into the world of dressing to kill, she's got some answers to our burning questions about how best to wear and pair these formal vegan leather dress shoes. Let's dive into it!   Do I have to pair masculine dress shoes with a suit? Could I wear oxfords with a dress or skirt? Absolutely! A cute pencil or a-line skirt goes a long way - try to keep the hem around the knee because it makes your leg look longer and will be more...

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Tomboy Toes Is For Everyone: Inclusivity, Language, and Constant Self-Improvement

When I first came up with the idea of Tomboy Toes, one of my first thoughts was “hey, this would be a great resource for trans men, too!” – from the very beginning, the FAQ contained a question about whether these shoes were for more than just women.   The answer has always been that Tomboy Toes shoes, while marketed at women, are meant for people of any and all identities who had trouble finding masculine dress shoes in small enough sizes. I stood behind that answer and behind the fact that it made me, the founder, feel good to be creating a company that could be beneficial for trans men, masculine of center non-binary people, and anybody else who...

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Why Customer Service Is So Important To Us

There’s an obvious answer to this. You’re already rolling your eyes and supplying it in your own mind. “Customer service matters to you because you’re a business. Crappy customer service tends to lead to unprofitable, poorly-regarded businesses. Duh.” And you’re right, of course! It would be awfully silly for literally any company to say, oh, customer service is totally unimportant. Nobody with a lick of sense would ever run a business with deliberately bad customer service. But it’s more than just “gotta make money” for us here at Tomboy Toes. For us, it’s personal. Let me tell you a story. A true story. A story of four shoe stores. Store number one, I walk in. I shyly stand back, ogling...

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