TOMS was founded by Blake Mycoskie in May 2006 after he visited Argentina and noticed the alpargatas that all the locals were wearing. Alpargatas are shoes made from canvas or cotton fabric with the sole constructed of rubber. Mycoskie also noticed that many of the impoverished youth of Argentina also ran around without any shoes. Mycoskie came up with the idea to sell alpargatas in the North American market, then whenever a pair of shoes was sold, a pair of shoes is given to an impoverished child, thus creating the One for One model. TOMS has now given more than 10 million pairs of new shoes to children in need and offers many shoe styles including cordones, botas, wedges, stitchouts, and wrap boots.
TOMS is a brand that is relatively new on the scene (since 2006) but has really spread quickly. You see the shoes everywhere and now they have so many great styles and designs. The company is a for-profit company but they also operate a non-profit company that donates a pair of shoes for every shoes that are purchase. They’ve expanded their lines to a bunch of shoe styles, accessories and more. Find the best ways to save below!
Save Money and Help Others with Your Toms Purchase
TOMS is definitely a feel good brand- I can always justify a new pair for shoes from them because it means someone else is getting a new pair too and that person needs them much more than I do. The shoes come in a variety of styles but most are made out of fabric or canvas. Some of the favorite styles include cordones, botas, wedges, stitchouts, and wrap boots, and of course, the ever popular loafers.
The shoes are pretty basic and are not too expensive, although from personal experience, they don’t last a super long time. So, to me, this falls under the “you get what you pay for” idea. If you can find a great deal on these shoes, it seems a little more worthwhile and you’ll still be helping someone else out when you purchase them. The same goes for the eye wear, with a portion of the proceeds being donated when you buy a pair of glasses or sunglasses.
TOMS has regular discounts and some sales and clearance items as well. When you sign up for the online newsletter, you’ll be aware of any sales or special opportunities to save. Along with this, you may see TOMS on sale in other stores too. I have found some good deals at Nordstrom, especially on the children sized TOMS, which are absolutely adorable if you haven’t seen them. TOMS emails sometimes have a promotional code to save on regular priced styles too. This is a great way to save on the styles and colors that don’t often go on sale.
TOMS usually does a sale on Zuilily once or twice a year so this is a great way to save too. They go fast though so if you know about the sale, get there right when it starts to have the widest selection of styles and sizes. This is a hot sale every year and many people stock up during this event. Zuilily usually advertises the brands and sales ahead of time so if you are signed up with the site, you should know in advance when the sale is going on.
Online retailers offer sales on TOMS as well. Some retailers may have sales or clearance on TOMS so take advantage of great deals you find. Make sure you can try them on or return them if you are new to the brand. They don’t fit like a lot of other shoes and are tight when you first get them so it takes a little bit of time to break them in. I found that my same size worked but they fit best after a week of wearing them around the house.
TOMS Customer Contact Info
They offer a toll-free hotline- (800) 975-8667
TOMS also offers extensive answers to FAQs and a Live Chat option on the TOMS Customer Service site.