Special-edition, Congolese-inspired TOMS Shoes
We're teaming up with Giving Partner Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI), an advocacy and grant-making organization founded by Ben Affleck, on two Congolese-inspired designs with an additional give. Read More >>
TOMS x charity: water - An Eyewer collaboration
TOMS and charity: water, an organization founded in 2006 (like TOMS!) that’s dedicated to to helping bring clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations, join forces for the first-ever TOMS Eyewear collab! Read More >>
Giving TOMS Shoes in the DRC
Founded by Ben Affleck in 2010, ECI is an advocacy and grant-making organization that works with and for the people of DRC, the third most populous country in Africa, and one that struggled under a cycle of violence for nearly 20 years – particularly in the east. Read More >>
The 1st of January each year encompasses a kind of energy that inspires us to try new things, revive our schedules, and think BIG. But a similar energy comes from reading a good book, don’t you think? You turn to the last page, sigh, release, and think a little bit differently about the world than when you started. In that spirit, we’ve gathered a list of good reads from across the TOMS family to awaken your inner bookworm and fill that energy year round.
“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” -Dr. Seuss
Suggestions from Chief Shoe Giver, Blake:
- The Tipping Point, by Malcom Gladwell
- Let My People Go Surfing, by Yvon Chouinard
- Start Something that Matters, by yours truly :)
Suggestions from the TOMS family:
- History of the World in 6 Glasses, by Tom Standage
Discusses human history through the prism of 6 beverages. Starts with beer as humans left hunter gatherer societies and starting farming wheat and ends with Coca Cola and society’s path to globalization. Fun read and full of interesting facts about the every day beverages we love.
- Maphead, by Ken Jennings (yes, the guy who won a ton of $ on Jeopardy!)
Nerdy, funny, and enlightening look at how we visualize the world around us, and how maps have shaped history.
- Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, by Maaza Mengiste
Beautiful and devastating work of historical fiction set during the terrifying Derg regime in Ethiopia. A must-read for anyone who loves Ethiopia.
- Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese
Another great Ethiopia novel, this one more about medicine and family.
- Chronicles of Narnia Series, by C.S. Lewis
I read this every winter and have for many many years now. Full of adventure, valor, heart and the awesomeness that is Narnia. It’s my favorite series of books ever written. True Story.
- Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
True Story about WWII survivor. Truly one of the most inspiring and incredible stories I’ve ever read about anyone.
- Making Ideas Happen, by Scott Belsky
This book changed my year – it’s all about the transferring IDEAS into ACTION through organizational tactics and by establishing a process of categorizing information and eliminating information clutter. LOVED this book and the companion resources (digital and analog).