The Shoe That Grows is a patented design of an innovative shoe that adjusts and expands up to five different sizes. It was developed with the help of multiple shoe design firms inspired by feedback from those who need them. The shoe comes in two sizes: Small and Large.
The Small size generally fits children between ages five to nine, and the Large shoe generally fits children between the ages of ten to fourteen. The Shoe is made with simple materials – leather, compressed rubber, and snaps. This makes them durable and easy to clean.
Over two billion people suffer from soil-transmitted diseases and parasites. Many live in areas that do not have access to adequate sanitation facilities. There are over 300 million children who do not have shoes and many more with shoes that do not fit. While children may receive donated shoes, they generally outgrow them within a year. The Shoe That Grows adjusts to the foot size of the child, allowing for ease of wear and long term usage.
The Shoe That Grows started when Founder Kenton Lee was living and working in Nairobi, Kenya in 2007. One day while walking with children, he noticed a little girl who had shoes that were too small for her feet. That led to questions about why and finally an idea: a shoe that could adjust and expand, so that kids always had a pair of shoes that fit. Kenton and his team struggled through rejection from shoe companies and failed attempts at prototypes. However, after five years of hard work, it went from an idea to reality.
Publicly available: Yes
Countries where available: Worldwide Price range: 1 to 20 USD
Offered or can be licensed for local manufacture: Yes
Weight: 1lb per pair
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