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Expandals


Expandals
PROBLEM
Children's feet grow fast, but many children in poor areas are not able to buy new shoes when their former shoes are small.
SOLUTION
They designed a special pair of sandals, called Expandals, of which the straps on the front, heel, and sides of the shoe can be loosened.
The Expandals have a large size range for both boys and girls. The design is in fashion and unisex at the same time.
CHALLENGES
The team had no business making footwear. The quality of the Expandals is under certain concern and they must ensure the quality.
IMPACT
Children's feet grow faster as their height and they often need to change shoes frequently. This tends to be difficult for families in developing regions, especially in poor regions. A team called GroFive developed a special pair of sandals, called Expandals, of which shoe size can be changed. The straps on the front, heel, and sides of the shoe can be loosened. In this way, these sandals have a larger size range. For example, boys can wear these shoes from US 5C to US 9. For children who are not very relaxed about their household finances, these shoes can replace many pairs of shoes, thereby easing economic distress. GroFive has brought this special product to nearly 100 countries worldwide, exceeding 170,000 pairs. GroFive is currently at crowd-funding stage on Kickstarter, and the progress is going smoothly.

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