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TOMS Shoes - The Shoes Celebrities Wear

Updated on September 10, 2014

TOMS Shoes may be the new Uggs

TOMS shoes are more than comfortable, stylish shoes. TOMS shoes have begun a "One for One" movement by providing a pair of TOMS shoes to someone in need whenever you purchase a pair.

Celebrities are wearing them and offering designs for them. Celebrities who have been seen wearing TOMS shoes include, but is not limited to:

Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Liv Tyler, Keira Knightly, Bono, Brad Pitt, Charlize Theron, and Scarlett Johanssen.

To learn more about the founder of this philanthropic venture started by Blake Mycoskie, read on.

The Uniqueness of TOMS

Your purchase of a pair of TOMS shoes will provide a pair of TOMS shoes to a child somewhere around the globe.

Meet Blake Mycoskie - Philanthropist/Entrepeneur and Founder of TOMS Shoes

Blake Mycoskie, founder TOMS Shoes
Blake Mycoskie, founder TOMS Shoes
TOMS Shoes drop with Blake Mycoskie
TOMS Shoes drop with Blake Mycoskie

A Brief Bio of Blake Mycoskie

Blake Mycoskie grew up in Texas and graduated from St. Stephen's Episcopal School in Austin, TX in 1995. His heart was set on becoming a professional tennis player and he was awarded a scholarship to Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. However, an injury to his Achilles tendon during his sophomore year ended his dream of playing professionally. As he told a group of high school students at his alma mater,

"Sometimes our greatest setbacks turn out to be our greatest opportunities."

Since he could no longer play tennis and was on crutches, Blake began a national laundry service for college students during his sophomore year. He was a philosophy major who admits he had no business experience or expertise, but it seems he had a God-given knack for it. He went on to start an online poker website which was successful enough to be sold for a pretty profit. He started a billboard business that he also built and sold. He and his sister, Paige, competed in the reality show on CBS called "The Amazing Race" and finished second place.

As a result of being on "The Amazing Race" he visited Argentina where he came upon some young women doing a shoe drive for the poorest children in the country. If they didn't have shoes, they could not go to school. Once again, the entrepreneurial juices started flowing and TOMS Shoes was birthed in 2006. His business model was to make and sell traditional Argentinian farmer shoes (which he had started wearing while in Argentina) and build the cost of another pair of shoes into the price point so he could give away one pair of TOMS Shoes to people in need with every pair of shoes he sold.

In 2009, TOMS Shoes gave away 300,000 shoes around the globe.

Anne Hathaway Shopping in TOMS Shoes

Anne Hathaway Shopping in TOMS Shoes
Anne Hathaway Shopping in TOMS Shoes

Chris Pine Wears TOMS Shoes

Chris Pine Wears TOMS Shoes
Chris Pine Wears TOMS Shoes

Julia Roberts Wears TOMS Shoes Too!

Julia Roberts Wears TOMS Shoes Too!
Julia Roberts Wears TOMS Shoes Too!

Kiera Knightly & Liv Tyler in TOMS Shoes

Kiera Knightly & Liv Tyler in TOMS Shoes
Kiera Knightly & Liv Tyler in TOMS Shoes

Joe Jonas in TOMS Shoes

Joe Jonas in TOMS Shoes
Joe Jonas in TOMS Shoes

Save children around the world from Podoconiosis!

Podoconiosis Can Be Prevented With a Pair of Shoes - Tropical Foot Disease Prevention Information

Podoconiosis: Tropical Foot Disease
Podoconiosis: Tropical Foot Disease

TOMS Shoes is now concentrating their Shoe Drops in Ethiopia where there is a common foot disease called Podoconiosis (PODO) that is caused from walking barefoot on clay in volcanic regions of the world. The dust particles from volcanic soil enters the pores of the feet and attacks the lymphatic system causing an elephantitus-like deformity of the lower leg and feet. The symptoms of the disease usually manifest in the early teen years and affects both male and females.

A simple pair of shoes will prevent the dust particles from affecting the feet of agrarian people around the globe. It is estimated that one billion people on the planet are at risk for Podoconiosis.

TOMS Shoes are being dropped in Ethiopia to help bring social change to these people.

You can help bring more shoes to Ethiopia and other parts of the world where Podoconiosis is prevalent by purchasing a pair of TOMS shoes.

picture courtesy of Tropical Diseases website

TOMS commercial on YouTube

Click here to go to the official TOMS web site

Click here to go to the official TOMS web site
Click here to go to the official TOMS web site

What do you like best about TOMS shoes? - Your voice makes a difference here.

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      Phoebs78 

      4 years ago

      First of all, TOMS are extremely comfortable. Most of the toms shoes are very casual, but I got the crochet pair to add to my collection for when I want to step it up a notch... and the best part- you know someone else just got a new pair of shoes thanks to you :)

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      ernieplotter 

      5 years ago

      beautiful idea

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      RuralFloridaLiving 

      5 years ago

      I love their commitment to make the world a better place.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Great cause

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      shoefiend 

      6 years ago

      I love Toms and I love the cause. I didn't think they were that cute but they are so comfortable and its for a great cause. You technically get two pairs of shoes for 50 bucks!

    • Formosangirl LM profile image

      Formosangirl LM 

      6 years ago

      Just heard from my kids that they are so popular at their schools.

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      joykennel 

      7 years ago

      Very comfortable--husband and daughter like them without socks and wear them long hours at a time. She wore silver ones to prom this year.

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      scar4 

      7 years ago

      TOMS shoes must be very comfortable, I bet!

    • mschuerer profile imageAUTHOR

      mschuerer 

      7 years ago

      @anonymous: I cannot verify that the TOMS shoes from eBay are authentic, but they all have the TOMS logo label on them. I have also wondered about the second pair going to a child in need when buying from a re-saler, but they original purchase of them would have provided a pair to a child in need. Sorry I cannot be more certain in answering your question. Thank you for viewing my lens.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      are the ones on ebay real, usually? how do you spot a fake and how do you know when you buy a pair that way that a child in need is still getting a pair in another country? thank you.

    • mschuerer profile imageAUTHOR

      mschuerer 

      7 years ago

      @hotbrain: Thank you so much for the angel blessing! It has been a while since I received one!

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      hotbrain 

      7 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      These Toms shoes are pretty! Another excellent lens! Squidoo angel blessed.

    • mschuerer profile imageAUTHOR

      mschuerer 

      7 years ago

      @anonymous: I hear you! Go to eBay and check out the TOMS shoes over there; they have a lot of them from a wide-range of prices. I saw them as low as $13.99, but it changes often on eBay. Wishing you the best!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      I sooo want a pair, but they are so expensive! They are really cool though and really popular at my college

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