TOMS was founded in 2006 by Blake Mycoskie, inspired by a trip to Argentina where he saw extremepoverty and health conditions, as well as children walking without shoes.
at’s when he recognized the tradi-tional Argentine alpargata shoe as a simple, yet revolutionary solution. e traditional shoe is normally a casual at, that usually have a canvas or cotton fabric upper and exible sole mad ...view middle of the document...
Mycoskie quickly set out to reinvent the alpargata for the U.S. market with a simple goal: to showhow together, we can create a better tomorrow by taking compassionate action today.
Mycoskie considered sustainability when creating TOMS, in that by starting a business rather than acharity would help his impact last longer. In Mycoskie’s speech at the Second Annual Clinton Global Initiative,he recalled that children without shoes were not only susceptible to health risks, but were also not allowed toattend school. He noted one particular disease, Podoconiosis (also known as “Mossy Foot”), which is a soil-transmitted diseased caused by walking in silica-rich soil and a
ects the lymphatic system of the lower legs.
esimple solution of shoes, miniaturizes health risks such as this. According to the TOMS Shoes web page, thereare over one billion people at risk for soil-transmitted diseases around the world, and a necessity as simple asshoes can help prevent them. Mycoskie not only places an emphasis on giving shoes, but also educating otherson the importance of wearing shoes