While volunteering in a Kenyan orphanage, Kenton Lee saw a constant need for shoes—something we take for granted but that protect from disease, sharp objects and more in underserved areas.
He founded Because International and invented a shoe with no mechanical parts, a compressed rubber sole, a high-quality leather body, and heavy-duty snaps to hold it all together. The Shoe That Grows is easy to clean and, best of all, it lasts five years.
The simple but life-changing design can benefit children who either don’t have shoes or, when they grow, can’t afford new ones. By partnering with the organizations and individuals that already serve the most deprived areas, Because International gets its shoes to the kids who need them most. It’s an efficient model that lets them focus on making great shoes.
At only about $15 a pair, this nonprofit is keeping kids around the globe safe on their feet.