Growing Shoes for Growing Children

Shoe That Grows

I love elegant design solutions for problems that are more important than some of the silly things that we think of as problems in the first world.

Their mission is simple, make shoes that will last longer for the kids that need them most and then work to find people who can distribute them to groups of children in need, while also helping those groups raise the money to fund the shoes to take with them and distribute.

Today I came across a video for the shoes that grow highlighted in this video:

The design challenge was pretty simple, how can you design a children’s shoe with a reasonable cost that:

  • Lasts for several years
  • Changes shape so that it continues to fit as the child grows (in this case it is designed to grow up to five sizes)
  • Breathes as the majority of children in need live in warmer climates

What do you think? Innovation or not?

For more information, please visit http://theshoethatgrows.org

About Braden Kelley

Braden Kelley is a Director of Innovation and Human-Centric Problem-Solving at Oracle, a popular innovation speaker, workshop leader, and creator of The Change Planning Toolkit™. He is the author of Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire from John Wiley & Sons and Charting Change from Palgrave Macmillan. Braden has been advising companies since 1996, while living and working in England, Germany, and the United States. Braden earned his MBA from top-rated London Business School. Follow him on Twitter and Linkedin.
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