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Children's feet grow, and now somebody has thought of a sandal that can be increased in size with their feet.
The product is called "The Shoe That Grows". As simple as that. These sandals are a relief especially for poor families.
“I had this idea ten years ago, while working in an orphanage in Kenya. One day I saw a little girl, walking on a very dirty road, with shoes so small that they were ripped open, revealing her toes. I then came up with this idea of creating a shoe that can adjust to a child’s feet,” inventor Kenton Lee says.
“Children going barefoot or wearing ill-fitting footwear are susceptible to falling, injuries or getting soil-transmitted diseases," Lee adds. "Some are not even allowed to go to school as they have to wear a uniform with proper shoes. It is also incredible to see how children become more confident wearing nice shoes."
Designing The Shoe That Grows took six years, he says.
The sandals consist of a compressed rubber sole and tough synthetic-leather adjustable straps on top. The sandal can be expanded by as much as five sizes, to last for years.
"We have two models : one for children aged four to eight and the other for children aged 8 to 12,” Lee says.
And best yet for the impoverished, not only won't they have to replace the kids' shoes as they grow, for quite some time: “Thanks to donors worldwide, we have already distributed more than 140,000 pairs to children in 97 countries," says Lee. "Each pair cost 12 euros.”
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