The Shoe That Grows
The clever shoes that grow five sizes and last five years to help children in poverty.
For children in developing nations who are lucky enough to get shoes, they do not last long no matter what their construction, because children outgrow them. Thus Kenton Lee, who formerly did missionary work in Nairobi and witnessed this firsthand, has invented a shoe that can be adjusted to fit growing feet.
Lee collaborated with ex-Adidas and ex-Nike veteran Gary Pitman to create The Shoe That Grows, a durable leather and rubber sandal with snaps and buckles for size adjustment. They’ve gotten the price down to just $10 a pair, and can stuff 50 pairs into a duffel bag, which they then ship off to developing countries around the world. And they’re designed to last for five years.
The shoes come in two different sizes: a small version intended for kids in kindergarten to fourth grade, and a large version made for kids in fifth to ninth grade. They’re constructed from leather, compressed rubber, and a series of snaps; so making them bigger is as easy as unsnapping a few fasteners and moving them down a notch.
Because International has recently launched a crowdfunding campaign to help raise money for its next batch of shoes. You can donate to the project here, and for a pledge of just 10 bucks, you can send a pair of shoes to a child in need.
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