Blake Mycoskie, Founder of TOMS Shoes
While vacationing in 2006, Blake befriended children in Argentina who had no shoes to protect them during long walks to food, water, and school. Upset that such a simple need was going unmet, he created TOMS Shoes. With every pair purchased, TOMS gives a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One.
Blake returned and began selling the original TOMS from his Venice, California apartment. Later that year, TOMS returned to Argentina to hand-deliver 10,000 pairs of shoes. For Tomorrow: The TOMS Shoes Story, the documentary about that first Shoe Drop, premiered at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival to much acclaim.
Since its beginning in May 2006, TOMS has given over 400,000 pairs of shoes to children in need through the purchases of caring customers, and the One for One movement continues to gain followers around the world.
When not acting as "Chief Shoe Giver", Blake spends his free moments in nature. From driving across the U.S. to visit each TOMS retailer, to his most recent exploration through Patagonia, the only thing that rejuvenates Blake as much as giving is adventuring outdoors.
For every pair of TOMS purchased, TOMS gives a pair of new shoes to a child in need.