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IN People ON 22 Mar, 2016
While Wily Wonka did have the brilliant idea for an ever-lasting gobstopper, I'd say Kenton Lee's ever-lasting shoe is better. The shoe that grows as you grow, and is designed for those in third world countries as these sandals can be adjusted to make them grow five sizes bigger!
The Good Samaritan came up with his life changing idea when he discovered over "300 million do not have shoes, and countless more with shoes that don't fit". This is because children in third world countries rely on donated shoes, which are hard to come by and quickly outgrown.
Kenton's idea will revolutionise that, all because while he was working in Kenya back in 2007 he spotted a little girl walking to the church in shoes way too small for her. That led to questions about why they were too small, and finally the big idea happened and just like that the growing shoe was born.
Kenton Lee didn't just stop there. He started a mass fundraiser, a website was set up and the shoes went into mass production. They can be bought online in single pairs, or be bought in bulk for those going travelling and wanting to help out. For every pair bought Kenton donates 2 pairs to kids that need them most!
If you'd like to get involved with Kenton you can, and help make a difference.
They're easily adjusted, and the materials of leather, compressed rubber and snaps are not only easily cleaned but easy to use too, with no mechanical parts of gears to break.
The shoe that grows is helping prevent the world from suffering from soil-transmitted parasites and diseases one shoe at a time. They're easily purchased and the lightweight material yet hard outside stricture makes them easy to transport yet long lasting.
As shown the child has received a new pair, and from the looks of things they're used to being bare foot. This shows the great thing that Kenton has done through his designs and his charity work.
If you'd like to help get involved by donating, volunteering or even just to find out more about the shoes that grow, check out the website at https://theshoethatgrows.org/our-story.html