Man Invents Shoe That Grows 5 Sizes to Help Millions of Poor Children

If you're a parent, you're familiar with this challenge: children outgrow shoes very quickly. That can become a serious problem for whole communities that are too poor to afford to replace children's shoes often. That's why Kenton Lee invented The Shoe That Grows.

It's a sandal that comes with snaps in the front, back, and sides. It can expand to 5 shoe sizes. The shoes comes in small and large varieties, so two pairs of shoes can meet a child's footwear needs from the ages of 5 to 15.

Because International, the charity which distributes these shoes, has a motto: practical compassion. It appears that they've found a way to exercise precisely that.

-via 123 Inspiration

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Although it sounds like a good idea, I'm not sure it's actually helpful.
Look at it this way...
Assume at any moment, each child is wearing one pair of shoes.
Pass those shoes on when they're too small and you'll still only need one pair of shoes per child, only they'll be cheaper to make and less of an investment lost when they wear out.
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That's brilliant, only... are they using car tire rubber on the sole? If not, I'm afraid the shoe sole is likely wear out by age 7-10, long before the person can use it for 5 sizes (age 15). I tried the link and the shoe link on that page just hits a 404 error. I'd really like to think that they thought of this and planned for it with the materials used in construction of this marvel.
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