I wish I could come up with an idea that could help people around the world. That’s what Kenton Lee did. He came up with the Shoe That Grows when he saw kids in Nairobi, Kenya without shoes. Some of the kids were even wearing cardboard scraps on their feet. Some had the front of their shoes cut out so their toes hung out. The shoes are actually like sandals that can be adjusted as much as five sizes as a child’s feet grow. The shoes can last up to five years made out of leather and rubber similar to tire rubber. The Shoe That Grows comes in two sizes: small, for ages 4 to 9; and large, for ages 9 to 14. One of the reasons Lee invented the shoes is because kids can get infections through cuts and scrapes, and parasites like hookworm and threadworm enter the body through the feet.
Lee started Because International, a non profit business that has sent over 200,000 shoes to over 100 countries around the world.