Arlington-native Blake Mycoskie started Shoes For Tomorrow, also known as TOMS, in 2006 with a simple concept in mind: For every pair purchased, he would give away a pair to a child in need. More than 150,000 pairs of shoes have been given, and now 33-year-old Mycoskie ramps things up with an exclusive line for Neiman Marcus.
How many times has someone addressed you as Tom?
Every day. It’s fine. I end up telling them the TOMS story and that I’m the chief shoe giver, I’m Blake. But it’s always a positive experience.
The shoe is inspired by the Argentinean alpargata. How come you didn’t name the company MANS for manana?
Oh, I don’t know. I’m not sure, maybe I should have.
You’re part traveling gypsy, part businessman,