Yuka Yoneda

Skechers' New Bobs Look Like a Blatant Ripoff of Toms Shoes

by , 10/08/10

bobs, eco-fashion, ethical fashion, Fashion Philanthropy, green fashion, skechers, Sustainable Fashion, sustainable style, toms

When we first saw Skechers’ new moccasin-like shoes, we thought someone was playing a joke on us. The new shoes, called Bobs, are the spitting image of Toms Shoes’ comfy slip-ons. To make matters even weirder, Bobs even sell under the premise that for every shoe you buy from them, they’ll donate one to a child in need – which is pretty much a copy and paste job of Toms’ philosophy.

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14 Comments

  1. sparklingirl July 23, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    I rather Ombu shoes

  2. aurora2663 July 22, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    People want to defend TOMS saying they are more about cause and Sketchers is out for profit. Well when TOMS shoes go for $60-$70 each, who’s really profiting?
    I <3 Sketchers; they are so comfortable. I love converse too, but I could never wear them if I'm on my feet all day.

  3. readymade June 20, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Justinaflee: most Bobs and Toms are not actually vegan. I support Toms’ philosophy, and I think the shoes are both comfortable and appealing, but I wonder why the company primarily produces shoes with leather insoles. Their vegan options are surprisingly and sadly limited, even though almost none of their shoes have any exterior leather.
    Why??

  4. pissed April 26, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    The simple fact is that TOMS is making a ton of money, even after giving away shoes “one for one”. When you sell a pair of shoes for $44.00 that cost a couple of dollars to make each, you still have a lot of profit. It is not as if it was a non-profit organization. BOBS? This degree of unoriginal pathetic greed makes me want to weep for humanity. I mean really, you could not have made them at least a little different? What a loser company. Hopefully consumers will tell Skechers how they feel about this weak-ass move by not buying their rediculous rip-off product. Take all the ones you have already made to the trailer park.

  5. Justinaflee April 26, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    I bought a pair of Bobs but I wasn’t aware that it was a so called “knock off”. I bought the pair of shoes because it fit nice and it looked good. I liked that it helped children and I liked that the material was vegan, so I bought it.

    If it’s all for a good cause. The end result is what we should worry about.

    I don’t like the fact that Bobs had to copy almost everything about the Toms. Thats that.

  6. mamatotex April 24, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Why is this any different than what all shoe companies do? Seen the new “shape ups” that skechers, Reebok, and other brands have? Go to any shoe store and you will see lots of look alikes with different labels. At least with this, children are benefiting.

  7. Kelley Knight March 24, 2011 at 8:39 am

    I’ve been trying to get toms to sell in my store for over a year. There is high demand in our small town. They keep putting me off not opening new accounts and I really want to support there cause but they won’t let me!!!! No new accounts!!! So if scetchers will benefit the children and will open me an account. Good for me, good for scetchers, good for the children!

  8. haleyannaa March 23, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    People really surprise me sometimes. I am under the impression that Tom’s shoes was not created in order to be a brand name and like everything else, everyone is now only concerned with brand names. Calling something like bob’s shoes a “knock-off” is sad because sketchers are only following the lead of a successful campaign such as Tom’s. More children are getting shoes that need them. People should be less concerned with a brand name and more concerned with charity, which is the reason Tom’s shoes began in the first place.

  9. cathat February 2, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Sketchers sucks. First to ripoff MBT, now Toms. We need to communicate how uncool they are. Any bloggers out there?

  10. crazy girl January 19, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    piacha stop being so bitter you know you want a pair of bobs

  11. leahmney January 16, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    CP11 I couldnt agree more!Sketchers is supposed to be a SNEAKERS company! First they rip off converse and now TOMS!??

  12. piacha October 10, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    those are ALPARGATAS, a very common type of shoewear we use down here in latin america. They are very common in low resources communities since they are very cheap to make/buy. bobs or toms just made them commercially appealing… pff

  13. CP11 October 9, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Skechers are rip-off merchants, period. Tom’s is a great brand with a unique charity angle. Skechers is a profit-hungry copycat brand with no soul.

  14. Countrymouse October 8, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Bobs… and Toms…?

    Come on, that’s a little funny. Too bad that they couldn’t come up with an original idea, but I guess we can’t be too upset that more kids are getting shoes.

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