TOMS Company Overview
In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in a village 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.®
Realizing this movement could serve other basic needs, TOMS Eyewear was launched. With every pair purchased, TOMS will help give sight to a person in need. One for One.®
"I was so overwhelmed by the spirit of the South American people, especially those who had so little, and I was instantly struck with the desire – the responsibility – to do more."
– Blake Mycoskie
We give in over 60 countries.
We've given 10 million pairs of shoes to children in need, teaching us 10 million lessons.
Since 2006, people like you have helped us achieve this amazing number – and it’s leading to bigger, better things! Like giving different types of shoes based on terrain and season, or creating local jobs by producing shoes in countries where we give. TOMS Shoes are always given to children through humanitarian organizations who incorporate shoes into their community development programs.
150,000 have had their sight restored through purchases of TOMS Eyewear since 2011.
We give sight in over 10 countries, providing prescription glasses, medical treatment and/or sight-saving surgery with each purchase of eyewear. Not only does a purchase help restore sight, it supports sustainable community-based eye care programs, the creation of professional jobs (often for young women), and helps provide basic eye care training to local health volunteers and teachers.
What started as a company has become a movement
Our supporters have helped us turn a simple idea into a powerful reality. The TOMS Community Team supports and inspires individuals and groups to create positive change in their communities and schools all over the United States. We offer free resources to provide individuals with the opportunity to host fun and educational activities, as well as teaching guides to host discussions about conscious consumerism and social entrepreneurism. Contact Community to learn more ways of how you can get involved.
In addition to the alpargata-inspired Classics, TOMS offers a variety of footwear styles for men, women and kids. From everyday men’s shoes like Paseos to fun and flirty Strappy Wedges, we are passionate about both the fashion and compassion we offer.
Our eyewear is inspired by iconic and vintage style, from wayfarer-inspired Classics to pilot frames to historic oversized lenses, and every purchase provides our customers the opportunity to restore sight to a person in need.
In the news
Since TOMS was founded, Blake, our company and our styles have had the privilege of being featured in news and press outlets around the world. See what’s going on with TOMS by checking out our latest headlines. Read more >