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TOMY EVERY DAY II

Images by Robyn Perros / 18.09.2015

Over the past year we’ve shot hundreds of street portraits in search of interesting, real South Africans wearing Tomy Takkies – the simple canvas shoes that were created in Zimbabwe 50 years ago. Tomys are often connected to childhood memories, to sports days and beach trips. Tomys are classless shoes. They’re worn by young, old, rich and poor and the basic design has remained unchanged for half a century.

The brand is evolving, with a new range of fly high tops, thicker soled shoes and funky prints hitting the market. But the original black and white Tomys will always be walking the Mzansi streets, for generations to come.

From inner-city Durban, to the beach front, to the ‘burbs: Here’s a selection of Tomy Everyday photographer, Robyn Perros’s, snaps that never made it into the Mahala features.  Stay tuned for highlights from our other photogs coming soon…

“I have about four pairs of Tomy’s… green, purple, black, blue. I’m kinda in love with them. If I could marry them I would!” – Nongcebo Shandu

“I have about four pairs of Tomy’s… green, purple, black, blue. I’m kinda in love with them. If I could marry them I would!” – Nongcebo Shandu, Scholar

"A perfect start to the day? Wake up and surf. Shoot. Edit. Nothing better than a barrel in the morning!” – Kevin Jennings, Videographer, Editor, Surfer

“A perfect start to the day? Wake up and surf. Shoot. Edit. Nothing better than a barrel in the morning!” – Kevin Jennings, Videographer, Editor, Surfer

Photographer: Nomvelo Mkhwanaji was sick and had completely lost her voice. But she didn’t have to say much… her cute, classic blend of traditional Zulu and modern style and her playful switch-up of Tomy laces kind of said it all.

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“The run has been crazy! Happy to be doing it with my family… we’re all loving the Tomys hey!” – Nolwazi Luthuli (left). Pictured with Azanda in her pink Tomys and Daddy, Siyanela Dlamini.

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“I consider myself a very strong woman and I like to read about everything, especially strong, inspiring Africans. Lock me away in a room with books and I could read forever…” – Zodidi Vamela, Shop-Assistant and Bookworm

“I get a lot of compliments on the way I dress. Sometimes I’m not sure if people are laughing at me or not though! But I don’t care. This is me. I love fashion and am inspired a lot by local designers, like David Hlali.” – Sphamandla Khulu, Chartered Accounting student

“I get a lot of compliments on the way I dress. Sometimes I’m not sure if people are laughing at me or not though! But I don’t care. This is me. I love fashion and am inspired a lot by local designers, like David Hlali.” – Sphamandla Khulu, Chartered Accounting Student

“Walks with my son are special times alone together. We talk about super powers, cloud shapes and why leaves fall off trees… Important things. We like to listen to the wind and throw our secrets into it.” – Kerry Davidson, Entrepreneur. Pictured with her son Cameron Fynn.

“Walks with my son are special times alone together. We talk about super powers, cloud shapes and why leaves fall off trees – important things. We like to listen to the wind and throw our secrets into it…” – Kerry Davidson, Entrepreneur and Mother of Two. Pictured here with her son Cameron Fynn.

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“The weather and my mood inspires what I wear. Today it’s a bit grey, so I’m wearing black but when it’s sunny, I’ll wear colours that pop… I can wear Tomy’s with everything though, no matter what the weather or my mood is doing!” – Qiniso Mlaba, Student

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“I’m a sister at the Catholic Church and yeah, I always wear Tomy Takkies with my uniform. I live in Eshowe and take a lot of taxi’s and walk far to get to class, so these shoes are comfortable for me. I’m studying Youth and Child Care at DUT [Durban University of Technology]. It’s really interesting… I love working with people and want to help children, especially in the rural areas.” – Sister Lindelwa Mkhize

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“I’ve been skating for about six years. I skate mostly downhill for the rush and freedom it gives. Bailing can suck but just means you have to get back up and keep going! I’ve been skating in Tomys for a while too. They’re affordable, comfortable, look good and have solid soles which tend to wear out quick with other shoes. TT for the win!” – Rodney Docking, Downhill Skater

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“The truth is, I really want to be a model. I love fashion and dress up everywhere I go. Yeah, I’m even wearing my favourite pink lipstick to the beach… Life’s too short not to look fly!” – Lebogang Maeko, Cashier

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“What makes a gig special is definitely the crowd we play to. It doesn’t matter if we’re in a corner of Billy the Bums with half the sound equipment we need missing, or a biker rally on a misty mountain somewhere in the Midlands… it’s all about the energy from the crowd…” – Abigael Thompson, Lead-Vocalist of Gugz and the Bam Bam

“I’m on my way to the beach actually, we’re doing a project there. I’m studying Marine Biology and am really passionate about the ocean and the environment. My friends will tell you, I only have three pairs of shoes and my Tomy’s are one of them…” – Khutso Ramalepe, Marine Biology Student

“I’m on my way to the beach actually, we’re doing a project there. I’m studying Marine Biology and am really passionate about the ocean and the environment. My friends will tell you, I only have three pairs of shoes and my Tomy’s are one of them…”
– Khutso Ramalepe, Marine Biology Student

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“I eat, sleep, breathe fashion! For me, it’s not a choice – it’s a lifestyle. Putting together an outfit is like putting together a puzzle and how I dress is a part of who I am…” – Nicky Foaden, Product Merchandiser

Check out photographer Samora Chapman’s Tomy Everyday Part I album here

*Above images shot on Canon 350D, 50mm lens

** Images © Tomy Takkies

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