I bought my first pair of TOMS last October. We had a hot dog stand at my parent's garage sale and I used my cash to buy my coveted Snow Leopard TOMS. I wore them everyday for 5 months and was appalled to find holes wearing in each of the toes. In an effort to fix them I sewed a few stitches in each toe. This was a temporary fix, so I was thrilled when I found these adhesive patches at Jo-Ann's in the patches/notion section.
They come in khaki, denim and black. The tan color was perfect to patch my TOMS because I knew the patch would show through a little bit. It was so easy to cut a 1"x1" piece, remove the adhesive backing and stick it up inside the toe. Just beware to get the patch stuck in smoothly without any bumps or wrinkles.
I got new black TOMS this week for my birthday and guess what my first move was? Patch the toes. I wish I had patched my first toes before even wearing them and prevented the holes.
My original patched TOMS are still going strong 5 months later. Whether they are new or old, patch your TOMS from the inside- you will be glad you did later!