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Blake Mycoskie: Day Without Shoes

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It may seem unusual for a shoe company to ask you NOT to wear shoes. But that's exactly what Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS Shoes, is asking of you. Why? To create awareness, he explains in a column on The Huffington Post.

"I think sometimes we forget what we have," Blake says. "And occasionally it's important to remind ourselves. Most people don't even realize how many children in developing countries grow up barefoot and all the risks, infections and diseases they endure.

"For most of us, modern shoes our so comfortable and accessible, we all but forget about our feet, but they are a source of constant focus for others. I wanted everyone to personally understand the impact of shoes, and the difference they can make, so we thought, 'Why don't we get a taste of what these kids go through every day?'"

Blake Mycoskie joins Steve Edwards on Good Day L.A.

Fun Facts About Blake Mycoskie: (Wikipedia)

1) He is an American entrepreneur, author, and philanthropist. He is best known as the founder and Chief Shoe Giver of Toms Shoes (stylized as TOMS Shoes).

2) After an Achilles tendon injury he sustained as a sophomore, which effectively ended his tennis career, Mycoskie left SMU and launched his first business, EZ Laundry. Originally focused on SMU, which had no on-campus dry cleaning service, EZ Laundry expanded, ultimately employing more than 40 people, servicing three universities, and generating close to $1 million in sales. Mycoskie sold the company to his partner in 1999.

3) In 2001, Mycoskie and his sister, Paige, applied for the cast of Survivor. A member of the Survivor production team told them about The Amazing Race, which had yet to debut, and they instead pursued a team position on that show. They competed in the second season of The Amazing Race and finished in third place, missing a million dollar prize by four minutes. Mycoskie moved to Los Angeles later that year.

TOMS Day Without Shoes official website.

Twitter: @TOMS


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