In 2006, TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie befriended children in a village in Argentina and saw that they didn't have adequate shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes for a child in need. One for One.® In 2011, the One for One model was expanded and TOMS Eyewear was launched. With every pair purchased, TOMS helps restore sight to a person in need. One for One.®
What began as a simple idea has evolved into a powerful business model helping address need, and also advance health, education and economic opportunity for children and their communities around the world.
As of June 2013, TOMS has given more than 10 million pairs of new shoes to children in need and helped restore sight to over 150,000 people. We are incredibly proud of and humbled by this milestone, and driven more than ever to continue to evolve our Giving to positively impact communities in need.