VOYAGER

KIDS SNEAKER
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SUSTAINABLE FOOTWEAR

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN 4 (SUSTAINABILITY & SOCIAL IMPACT)  CCA, 2019.
COLLABORATIVE PROJECT WITH TONY ZHOU & NICOLE FELTHAUS.

VOYAGER IS A SNEAKER DESIGNED FOR KIDS THAT GROWS WITH THEM. A SUSTAINABLE OPTION TO LIMIT PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION OF KIDS FOOTWEAR IN A SPECIFIC AGE GROUP WITH RAPID FOOT GROWTH. 

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WE INTERVIEWED 26 PARENTS AND THEIR CHILDREN FROM THE AGES OF 1-14.  

PARENTS WERE SELECTED FROM DIFFERENT AREAS OF SAN FRANCISCO WHO HAD KIDS INTERESTED IN A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES.

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WE FOUND THAT MOST PARENTS SIZE UP WHEN BUYING SHOES FOR THEIR KIDS ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY'RE YOUNGER AND HAVE RAPID GROWTH RATES. 

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THE FOCUS WAS TO REDUCE THE PAIRS OF SHOES BOUGHT FOR KIDS AND MAKE THE GROWTH PROCESS TRANSPARENT FOR THE PARENTS.

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VOYAGER ALLOWS FOR THE CHILD OR THEIR PARENTS TO CHANGE THE SHOE SIZE AS THEIR FEET GROW. THIS ELIMINATES THE NEED FOR NEW SHOES DUE TO RAPID GROWTH AND THE PRACTICE OF SIZING UP WHICH IS BAD FOR THEIR FOOT HEALTH. 

1. WHEN THE CHILD'S FOOT GROWS THE VISUAL INDICATORS LOCATED AT THE BIG TOE STRETCH, REVEALING THE RED MESH UNDERNEATH. THIS INFORMS THE PARENTS OF GROWTH.

2. THE  SIZING INSERT IS REMOVED  FROM THE GROWTH CAPSULE SO THE FOOT HAS MORE ROOM TO SLIDE BACK. THIS EXPANDS THE SHOE, CHANGING ITS SIZE.

3. THE SIZING INSERT IS PLACED INTO THE TONGUE POCKET TO  ENSURE A SNUG FIT AT THE BRIDGE  OF THE FOOT SINCE THE FOOT HAS SHIFTED FURTHER BACK.

GROWTH CAPSULE

BAREFOOT TRACTION

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CAPSULE OPENING

TONGUE POCKET

VELCRO STRAP

GROWTH INDICATORS

EVA OUTSOLE

PROCESS