Niji Shoes, by designer Mariale Marin are the result of a year of Research and Development into Adaptable Children’s Footwear. “The idea was to create a general purpose shoe for children between the ages of five and twelve. These shoes aimed to be comfortable, durable and more importantly, ADAPTABLE. Children’s feet grow so fast. It is vital that our kids are wearing the correct size shoes, not too small, not too big,” say’s Marin.
According to Marin, children can generally get around 4 months of wear out of their shoes before out-growing them. But with Niji, children’s feet can grow up to 25mm (about 4 full sizes) in length and still have a shoe that is able to house and adapt to their feet for up to 2.5 years.
Essentially the user can elongate the straps, found on both the lateral and medial of the shoe, that attach to a heel clip. The front of the shoe then unravels to extend the length of the shoe.
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