TOMS TO PLACE ITS ONE MILLIONTH PAIR OF SHOES ON A CHILD IN NEED THIS SEPTEMBER IN ARGENTINA
TOMS Shoes was founded in 2006, when 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 Shoes, 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. Four years later, with the help of giving partners and volunteers around the world, TOMS will return to Argentina for a very special Shoe Drop in the place where the idea for the company was first born.
“We are so thankful for the opportunity to celebrate this special moment in TOMS’ history with those people and partners who have given us so much support,” said Mycoskie. “When we started, I never would have dreamed that we would’ve arrived at this landmark so quickly. This is just the beginning, however. We still have so much to do to make sure that we continue to give to children around the world in a responsible and sustainable way.”
Reaching the one millionth pair benchmark underscores TOMS Shoes commitment to sustainable giving through its One for One business model, which has inspired a global movement. As a proven, socially-conscious entrepreneurial concept, TOMS has served as an innovative leader for businesses worldwide. Since the company’s inception, partners, retailers and consumers have proven to be extremely passionate and loyal in their support of the company’s unique mission.
TOMS have not only created a company founded on the moral high-ground (with over 600,000 shoes donated to children in need), they have also become the most fashionable espadrille brand on the market. Not bad in 4 years!