The Eagle's Talon
Shoes Inspired by Argentinian Farmers: TOMSThursday, March 17, 2011 By Ashley Buck and Stephanie Brenneisen
“To make life more comfortable,” this is the mission of the shoe brand TOMS, not just a fashionable shoe, but a good charity too, TOMS even stands for a better “tomorrow.” This mission is accomplished through its unique shoe design and the commitment to help those in need. After visiting a lot of poor villages in 2006, Blake Mycoskie felt bad about seeing all the kids who didn’t have shoes to wear and decided to start a shoe company that for every pair bought, a pair will be donated to a child that needs them. Six hundred thousand pairs of TOMS were bought worldwide, which means that 600,000 kids received a pair. TOMS also donates five dollars to wells in developing nations for every pair bought. The style of TOMS were inspired from shoes that Argentinian farmers wore from centuries ago called Alpargata. Girls wear TOMS because they are cute, comfy, and fashionable, but some boys also like to wear them. Some say that it’s not just a girl’s shoe, and others think that they are ugly and expensive. There are many different patterns and designs of TOMS, sometimes people just have to pick the right one, because some look really bad and some look really good and are popular.