"In 2006 I took some time off from work to travel to Argentina.... We were at a crucial moment in the business's development- but I had promised myself a vacation and wasn't going to back out. For years I believed that it's critical for my soul to take a vacation, no matter how busy I am.
When I returned to Argentina my main mission was to lose myself in its culture..." - excerpt from "Start Something that Matters"
During that trip though, Blake saw a need for children to have shoes, and also fell in love with the Argentinian shoe and wanted to bring it to America's market. Instead of starting a non profit dependent on donors which would surely run out, he put his business sense together with his heart and created a new business model.
Today we all know Blake and his shoes. They are TOMS shoes!
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