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 community has helped us turn a simple idea into a powerful reality. Groups like TOMS Campus Programs gets college students all over the United States involved with events that educate others on conscious consumerism and social entrepreneurism. Our internship program has let other young people become a valuable part of our story.
Our movement is made up of many parts, including One Day Without Shoes and World Sight Day our annual days to raise awareness for the global issues of poverty and avoidable blindness and visual impairment. Ticket to Give gives our community an opportunity to join us on a Giving Trip and distribute TOMS Shoes to children in the field. And if you’re looking for other ways to get involved, our Community Team has lots of ideas. Contact Community >
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.