TOMS was founded in 2006 by Blake Mycoskis. Blake was inspired by a trip to Argentina where he saw extreme poverty and health conditions as well as children without shoes. Blake has built his shoe company on the belief that together, we can create a better tomorrow by taking compassionate action today. With every pair of shoes you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. The company calls it “One for one.”
According to the TOMS company website, as of September 2010, TOMS has given over one million pairs of new shoes to children in need all around the world.
TOMS sells an array of different designs. They have created the alparagata inspired “Classics,” “Cordones,” which can be worn with or without shoe laces, “Botas,” which are unisex and are designed both for men and women; “Stitchouts” for men, the “Wedge” and the “Wrap boot” for women. They offer shoes created for children such as “Youth” and “Tiny TOMS.” TOMS has also designed many “Vegan-friendly” styles for all ages and genders that use no animal by products.
TOMS also carries t-shirts and hats that can be matched with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need and they have recently launched a new campaign for TOMS eyewear. If you are interested in other TOMS products and information on the TOMS Company you can visit them at TOMS.com or call their customer service at 1-800-975-8667.