I've been blessed with a lot of things in life, but God did not give me rhythm.Still, I love to dance—which past girlfriends always found hilarious.Recently I got onstage at a concert and started bouncing around and hitting a tambourine in front of thousands of people.I was probably off the beat, but you have to do what you enjoy.As Attah explained to red-carpet interviewer Ryan Seacrest--another Toms admirer--the business won him over by promising to donate 10,000 pairs of shoes to his native Ghana.
If you ask anyone wearing Toms how they first heard about us, most won't mention an advertisement; they'll say a friend told them our story. I'm reminded every day to keep things simple and comfortable. Life is more fun when you stop caring what other people think. In 2006, while vacationing in Argentina, I noticed impoverished kids walking around with no shoes on—which put them at risk for disease. Instead of stressing over gadgets, they were talking around the campfire. Giving feels good, but it's also good for the bottom line. When I started distributing shoes in Ethiopia, South Africa, and South America, I saw that the people had so little, yet seemed to worry so much less than my friends and family back home.That was a pretty long name for a shoe so the new company shortened “Tomorrow” and became TOMS Shoes. Mycoskie decided that for every pair of TOMS shoes he sold, he would donate a pair of shoes to a kid who had none. Emmett: So could you tell me a little bit about who you are and what you do? My title is the chief shoe giver because I started a company called TOMS with a very simple idea. Emmett: And through the people wearing it who decides which individual kid or person gets the show in each country? We have all these different departments that are typically in any major business you would visit for the day.He calls this policy One for One and so far, TOMS has donated some 60 million pairs of shoes to needy children, in 70 different countries. I saw many children who didn’t have shoes and needed shoes to go to school and to protect their feet. But instead of starting a charity I started a business where every time we sell a pair of shoes we give a pair to a child who needs a pair. Blake: So here at the TOMS headquarters where we are today we have lots of different departments. But we also have a department that is not in any typical business and that’s the Giving Department.