TOMS Shoes Gives Away 140,000+ Pair

TOMS Shoes Gives Away 140,000+ Pair


Toms Shoes

TOMS Shoes is the first ever shoe brand to donate one pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair which they sell. “One for One” is the phrase behind the brand, which may keep the most influential focus within the entire shoe brandosphere. Though the retail price for most of TOMS Shoes (under $75) is under the typical high-end designer brand tier, neither style nor substance of the TOMS product appears to have been sacrificed.

Click here to participate in the TOMS Shoes movement!

For those who care, plenty of awesome stories and facts about TOMS can be found by reading on…

Via: Toms Shoes
One for One

TOMS Shoes was founded on a simple premise: For every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of shoes to a child in need. One for One. Using the purchasing power of individuals to benefit the greater good is what we’re all about.

Our Story

In 2006 an American traveler, Blake Mycoskie, befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created a company that would match every pair of shoes sold with a pair given to a child in need.

One for One.

Blake returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends and staff later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by caring TOMS customers.

Since our beginning, TOMS has given over 140,000* pairs of shoes to children in need through the One for One model. Because of your support, TOMS plans to give over 300,000 pairs of shoes to children in need around the world in 2009.

Our ongoing community events and Shoe Drop Tours allow TOMS supporters and enthusiasts to be part of our One for One movement. Join us.

Why shoes?

Most children in developing countries grow up barefoot. Whether at play, doing chores or just getting around, these children are at risk.

Walking is often the primary mode of transportation in developing countries. Children can walk for miles to get food, water, shelter and medical help. Wearing shoes literally enables them to walk distances that aren’t possible barefoot.Wearing shoes prevents feet from getting cuts and sores on unsafe roads and from contaminated soil. Not only are these injuries painful, they also are dangerous when wounds become infected. The leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted parasites which penetrate the skin through open sores. Wearing shoes can prevent this and the risk of amputation.

Many times children can’t attend school barefoot because shoes are a required part of their uniform. If they don’t have shoes, they don’t go to school. If they don’t receive an education, they don’t have the opportunity to realize their potential.

There is one simple solution…SHOES.

Of the planet’s six billion people, four billion live in conditions inconceivable to many. Lets take a step towards a better tomorrow.

  • da_man

    Its amazing to see people like this who actually care about helping people in need, especially children that are born into poverty stricken countries.

    Give it up to TOMS SHOES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Todd Bappis

    TOMS SHOES: Taking care of those in need.

    NIKE SHOES: Exploiting those in need…but hey, at least

    Kayne has a neat looking shoe. F'ng sheep.

  • ricky

    ^^^yet you are on this website dedicated to shoes companies that take advantage of the poor. Nike brings jobs to poor countries, which in turn generate income for the poor. What if Nike was not there to take advantage of the poor, what of them? So is it right for Nike to take advantage? No, but it does give some food on the table where there was none before.

  • Todd Bappis

    ricky, you're a fucking moron. child labor is child labor. defending these practices makes you part of the problem. Go kill yourself.

  • Todd Bappis

    60 years ago the United States banned child labor, sweatshops, long workdays and workweeks. But now we are subsidizing, encouraging and failing to criticize the enslavement of young people in the Third World.

    but at least they're eating, right ricky? go to hell. Phil Knight will keep a nice warm place for you.

  • dcgraff99

    Geez, Ricky. Are you really saying child labor, which is a form of slavery, is ok because at least they're being fed? Really??

    Using your logic, slavery in early America was wrong, but at least the slaves were fed…come on, man!

    And to answer your question, would they be doing if Nike, adidas, Reebok, etc. weren't there? Probably not working in unsafe environments, making shoes that cost 5 bucks, only to be sold for 125 bucks. The bottom line is American companies SHOULD NOT endorse any kind of abusive labor practices. EVER.

  • Nathan

    Giving goods to poor countries does nothing except ruin their economies and leave them in a constant state of being subsidized by others. For every pair of shoes that's given away for free to these countries, a job is lost by the hard working citizens of that country who are perfectly capable of making and selling shoes on their own. This is the exact same reason Africa hasn't improved despite trillions of dollars being spent. We've crippled the desire for them to have an economy of their own since there's no way they can be profitable when so many organizations are giving them things for free. In an effort to appear charitable, first world nations are actually causing far more harm than good with their internationalist aid policies.

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