In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie from Arlington, TX, befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Blake was first introduced to Argentina when he traveled there as a competitor in the 2nd season of The Amazing Race. Upon his return to this South American country, Blake decided that he NEEDED to help. When he returned back to the US, he sold his driver education company which gave him the capital to start TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One. Blake returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends and staff later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by TOMS customers. Inspired by alpargata shoes (think espadrilles) which have been worn by Argentine farmers for hundreds of years, the TOMS styles have evolved from simple canvas or cotton slippers to Wrap Boots, Stitchouts, Cordines and Botas. The company name TOMS is derived from the word “tomorrow” and evolved from the original concept, “Shoes for Tomorrow Project.” The LKRE team is thoroughly impressed with Blake’s business model but more so with the stylish shoe that keeps our tootsies comfortable as we dash around the island on various property showings. We thank you Blake for your tremendous work ethic and worldly goals!