back in 2007, kenton lee — founder of the shoe that grows — was living and working in nairobi, kenya. one day he noticed a little girl wearing shoes that were way too small for her feet and many others walking barefoot — making children vulnerable to soil-transmitted diseases and parasites that can cause illness and even death. after seeing and reflecting on the situation, lee had an idea: ‘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?’

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children walking barefoot are vulnerable to soil-transmitted diseases and parasites that can cause illness



and that was the starting point of the shoe that grows – a non-profit organization that has designed a pair of shoes for children living in extreme poverty that overgrow their shoes. made of compressed rubber —a material similar to that of a car tire—, antibacterial synthetic, and high grade, tactical velcro, the shoe that grows has no mechanical parts or gears to break. it comes in three different sizes, and each one is able to grow into 5 sizes more. best part about them? they come for a total of USD$15 per pair.


with over 120,000 pair of shoes distributed among 91 countries, the shoe that grows has changed kid’s life, aiding their health, attendance to school and their confidence.

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the shoe that grows aims to give people living in extreme poverty the chance to have shoes that they won’t outgrow

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the shoes can expand up to 5 sizes

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made in the most resisting materials, the shoes promise to last even if worn for years

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situation of kids in extreme poverty conditions

  • This is a wonderful act of hope and kindness. I would like to help it begin with the Dalit children. Our church fund raises for several schools and we have a contact there. I have a friend who makes shoes here in BC, Canada.

    Alison Shepherd says:
  • Please let me know if you need help with distribution, in any part of the
    world. Our church is connected to the DELIT children and providing schools.

    Alison Shepherd says:
  • with more than 120 thousand pairs distributed, this is more than a student project. One could ask whether this fancy shoe is actually cheaper than 5 pairs of successively-larger traditional cheaper shoes. But I am impressed.

    James says:
  • I think this is the most wonderful thing ever. I wish I could be apart of this and contribute my time. I saw this on television and I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind. The creator of this organization is a warm brilliant and caring person. I hope the Lord continue to bless this person and cover him and all of his work giving back to the less fortunate. When I saw this it changed me and I just wanted to share how truly proud I am for someone to care as much for others. May God Bless this organization and hope this continues forever.

    Kim Hervey says:

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