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The Shoe That Grows: A pair that poor kids won’t outgrow for five years



By NewsGram Staff Writer

The Shoe That Grows project came into being with the initiative taken by Kenton Lee, the inventor of shoes that can be resized (to a larger size or vice versa) and used for five years.

While he was in Nairobi the sight of a little girl wearing shoes that were smaller for her feet made him think, “Wouldn’t it be great if there was a shoe that could adjust and expand — so that kids always had a pair of shoes that fit?”

Children physically grow faster, so they outgrow their shoes a little too fast. Poor children cannot depend on donated sandals owing to the same problem. Lee’s The Shoe That Grows is a unique project which is part of an organization committed to “practical compassion.”

Adjustable shoes for kids among kindergarten, 5th grade and 9th grade were created by Lee, as a result of his noble thought. They can grow or rather be adjusted to five different sizes which mean that they are to last for a good five years.

The project claims that the shoes are made of good-quality leather and compressed rubber ensuring durability.

Lee expressed his change of opinion on the importance of shoes in kids’ life after his invention: “I used to think shoes weren’t a big deal. If kids didn’t have shoes, they’re just running around barefoot and they’re happy and they’re fine.”

“But when they’re running around without shoes or with shoes that don’t fit, they’re getting cuts, they’re getting scrapes, they’re getting infections… when they get sick, they miss school, they can’t help their families. A lot of their opportunities are lost.”

The Shoe That Grows project, thus, worked to design the adjustable shoe in partnership with a shoe development company in the Northwest called Proof of Concept.

The project’s site has put the shoes up for sale and a pair would cost around $30.

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HyperAdapt 1.0 : Nike goes laceless



Nike, one of the prestigious shoe-manufacturing brands across the world, has decided to go laceless with its new invention – HyperAdapt 1.0.

Powered by an underfoot lacing mechanism consisting of tiny motors that run up and rounds the whole body of the shoe, it makes the laces tighten whenever the heels hit the bottom of the sensor pre-installed into the unique innovation. One can manually control the tightening or loose down of the laces just by pressing the plus or minus buttons on the top of the shoe.

As claimed by Nike, the new model will provide with precise, consistent and personalized lockdown for the wear. It can especially be beneficial for the athletes as cited by Hatfield as the feet, undergoes a variable amount of pressure during the competition.

While Nike’s Senior Innovator, Tiffany Beers adds that their ultimate aim was to “to embed the technical components into such a small space that the design moves with the body and absorbs the same force the athlete is facing”.

The shoes will become available from the later part of this year while the brand informs on their website that the new HyperAdapt 1.0 is to be sold only to the member of the Nike+, an app that is recently launched by the company to extend hands to the athletes. (This news is brought to you by NewsGram in collaboration with VOA)