At LIVESTRONG we talk a lot about social entrepreneurship- the idea that a business can profit but also make positive social change. This new movement is benefiting from a massive uptick in interest in the past few years. One of the companies that was on the forefront of change is TOMS Shoes.
TOMS makes a line of comfortable shoes and clothing designed in homage to traditional footwear of Argentina. The company operates in a one-for-one model. For every pair of shoes that is purchased, the company will donate a shoe to children in need in third world countries. The lack of shoes in these areas of the world can actually be a barrier to education and cause the spread of illness and disease.
LIVESTRONG staff are partial to TOMS because of their comfort and their mission. We invited Blake Mycoskie, Founder of TOMS Shoes, to speak at LIVESTRONG Headquarters to share why he started TOMS Shoes and talk about TOMS next mission- eye-wear. We applaud Blake for creating such a powerful brand and giving back to the global community.