As any parent knows, children’s feet can grow faster than your ability to keep buying new shoes for them.
But one man has come up with an innovative solution to this age-old problem — shoes that grow with a child’s feet.
Kenton Lee’s Shoe that Grows is a sandal that uses adjustable buckles and a strap on the toe which can expand it by five sizes. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Kenton Lee (pictured) invented shoes that grow with a child’s feet.
Lee, from Nampa, Idaho, came up with the invention after seeing children running around barefoot or in shoes several sizes too small in Nairobi, Kenya. He said:
It got me asking questions and finally all these questions led to an idea — what if there were a shoe that could adjust and expand?
What if we had a pair of shoes where they could just adjust their shoes any time their feet grow.
That way they will always have a pair of shoes that always fit.
I really feel that we have created something incredible.
2. Kenton Lee’s Shoe that Grows is a sandal that uses adjustable buckles and a strap on the toe which can expand it by five sizes.
3. The Shoe that Grows (pictured) has adjustable points at the front, sides and the back of the sandal to help it expand. Kenton Lee, from Nampa, Idaho, came up with the idea while working in Nairobi in Kenya after seeing children running around barefoot and in shoes several sizes too small.
The Shoe that Grows looks like a typical sandal but has a sturdy compressed rubber sole to protect the wearer’s foot and a soft leather upper.
Lee says that his shoes were designed to grow five sizes and to last for five years.
At present, the shoes come in two different sizes: small for children from Kindergarten age up to 4th grade and large for children from 5th grade to 9th grade.
A pair costs $30, however buying 100 pairs reduces the cost to $12 a pair.
4. The shoe can expand five sizes by adjusting the straps at the front and back and the poppers on the sides (pictured). It currently comes in two different sizes — small and large — and a single pair costs $30 but buying 100 pairs reduces the cost to $12.
5. The shoe has a tough rubber sole and a leather upper that is designed to last five years, the maker say.
Lee is working with Because International — an organization which aims to send the shoes to orphanages in Africa.
They are hoping that other charities will take shoes out with them when visiting poor areas to hand out to children.
The inventor got his idea while working with 140 Aids orphans at the Motherly Care Children’s Home in Nairobi, Kenya. He said:
I’ll never forget it. One day I was walking down a road with a group of kids from an orphanage where I was staying.
Next to me there was a girl in a white dress. As I looked down her shoes were so small and as I looked around there were so many other kids with shoes that were too small for them.
6. Because International — The Shoe That Grows.
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