In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One. Blake returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends and staff later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by TOMS customers.
That alone is an amazing achievement, chock full of the incredible humanitarian spirit that has become the hallmark of TOMS shoes.
After all, doing good for other people never goes out of style. As of September 2010, TOMS has given over ONE MILLION pairs of new shoes to children in need through giving partners around the world. Let’s hope TOMS keeps on giving for a long time to come.
How does TOMS give?
Organizations that become Giving Partners work with us to:
Identify Communities That Need Shoes
Together, we find communities that will benefit most from TOMS shoes due to economic, health and educational needs, and where local businesses will not be negatively affected.
Give Shoes That Fit
Our Giving Partners order the sizes children in their community need. We make the shoes to order to ensure children are given new shoes that fit them. Learn more about the Giving Pair here.
Help Our Shoes Have a Bigger Impact
Children who are given TOMS shoes receive them as part of larger health and education programs run by our Giving Partners. These programs help children get the care and opportunity they need to keep them healthy and in school.
Give Children Shoes As They Grow
Children grow fast! TOMS works to give shoes to children in need throughout their childhood. Once we identify a community that needs shoes, we continue to give to the children in that community to help them stay healthy and in school.
Provide Feedback and Help Us Improve
We rely on our incredible Giving Partners to provide feedback on shoes’ fit and durability, the giving process and the needs of the community – allowing us to continually improve.