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Footwear Trendsetter Sprints to the Lead

Site replatform and redesign deliver an improved ecommerce experience


While shifts in fashion characterize commerce generally, no sector is more sensitive to changing tastes than footwear and accessories. TOMS, a brand known for corporate social responsibility and a product line that embodies casual style, has surfed these surging retail waves with ease since 2006. But with an aging customer base, the company recently opted for a brand repositioning to evolve its giving strategy in a way that would both attract a younger demographic and also continue to service its faithful loyal customers. Over the last two years, TOMS has thoughtfully recrafted its giving strategy to invest in grassroots efforts or “local heroes” while simultaneously redesigning its product offering to reflect the styles of a new, younger audience aligned to TOMS’ core mission of improving lives.


To bring the new TOMS to life, the company partnered with Astound to migrate its ecommerce experience to Salesforce Commerce Cloud (SFCC) Storefront Reference Architecture (SFRA), allowing for best-in-class customer experience, thoughtful and up-to-the-moment merchandising, and personalized content and product recommendations.


TOMS selected SFCC as the foundational platform solution to drive its digital business forward. SFCC was chosen for its flexibility and broad toolset—which allow smooth updating and merchandising, creating a best-in-class customer experience.

Astound partnered with TOMS to identify the optimal implementation approach to support TOMS’ specific business needs, including key integrations for a complete brand representation and customer experience.


Leveraging Astound’s deep experience with strategic technology solutioning, the team implemented the SFCC SFRA. Astound’s customized implementation of Page Designer allows for easy content management and provides TOMS flexible ways to highlight many new partners addressing mental health, increasing access to opportunity, and ending gun violence.

The SFCC implementation also included key integrations to support customer loyalty (CrowdTwist), personalization, product recommendations and reviews (Einstein, PowerReviews), customer data insights (Custora), and a variety of flexible payment options (PayPal, ApplePay, Klarna, AfterPay, and Clutch Gift Cards). TOMS and Astound also partnered on a unique approach to solving for order management system functionality needs leveraging the power of SFCC.

“Astound has been a fantastic partner for TOMS. Astound’s depth of experience has been invaluable as we navigated critical decisions involving the selection and implementation of Salesforce solutions that fit our objectives. We are thrilled with the end result and see it as a key enabler of our goals to attract a new demographic of customers, showcase TOMS’ brand position, and communicate our updated giving model.”

—Marie Thomas, VP Global Technology, TOMS


The new TOMS ecommerce experience is powerful, flexible—and fast, allowing TOMS to deliver its bold new initiatives. Average page load time decreased by about 22 percent for the new site.

In recognition of its efforts on TOMS, Astound received a silver medal in the 2021 w3 Awards—a competition held by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts that evaluates each year’s best websites, marketing, video and mobile apps, and podcasts.



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