We're on a mission to make the most comfortable, refined men's shoes on the planet while looking out for the planet.
It started with a question, "Will you marry me?" as I (Tom, the Founder) popped the question to my now wife, Charlotte. Fast forward a year or so as I started to pull together my outfit for the big day - a well fitted midnight blue tux and some sharp smoking slippers (sans socks).
The tux part was a breeze, relatively speaking. The shoes however were a real challenge. Smoking slippers aren't necessarily hard to find, but they aren't in every shop either, and I learned that a quality pair cost multiples more than I imagined. After too many days of hunting online and across the shops of NYC, I found my top contender and placed my order. They were beautiful shoes, and on my wedding day I felt like James Bond.
Coming off the wedding and honeymoon high in 2019, I reflected back on that shoe hunt and reasoned there had to be a better option out there, only there wasn't… yet. While the shoes I bought were worth every penny, that was only because it was for my wedding. To this day I can't fathom wearing them out onto the streets of NYC for fear of scuffing them. Beyond the insane price tag, they were uncomfortable, had zero traction, didn't breathe well, and were packaged in an incredibly inefficient manner.
I could have left it there and moved on with my life, but I was obsessed with how amazing they looked and wanted to find a way to wear them out comfortably in the world on less formal occasions - from the office to happy hours and weekend errands around town. So I decided I would make the perfect shoe - clean looks at a reasonable price while ensuring insane comfort and breathability with a focus on sustainability – I knew I wasn’t the only person who wanted to look sharp and not feel guilty about the impact my choices were having on the planet.
Starting from scratch, I viewed it as my responsibility to create the cleanest product possible, hence nature (eco-friendly materials) meets city (urban living). Where better to plant that seed and grow Tofers than my (proverbial) backyard of NYC.
Timeless design sustainably elevated, inspired by the intersection of nature & city life.
Easier said than done. I had zero background in fashion coming from the world of mergers & acquisitions, something which proved to be an advantage. What I did have was a vision, a proclivity for managing complexity, and a desire, willingness, and good fortune in pulling together an all-star team of footwear industry veterans with a collective ~60 years of industry experience to help me make it a reality.
Following extensive market research, we started designing & developing Tofers' first product, the best & most sustainable smoking slipper, in mid 2020. By year’s end, we had a design ready to go and a team of skilled artisans through our factory partner in Portugal to make it happen.
We're in the final stages now and couldn't be more excited to share Tofers with you. I hope you will continue to follow us in our journey, and eventually wear Tofers out into the world, guilt-free and proud of the minimal footprint you leave behind.
- Tom Tofield, Founder