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VOYAGER

KIDS FOOTWEAR
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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 DIFFERENT 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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VOYAGER ALLOWS FOR THE KID OR THEIR PARENTS TO CHANGE THE SHOE SIZE AS THEIR FEET GROW. THIS ELIMINATES BUYING NEW SHOES CONSTANTLY AND THE PRACTICE OF SIZING UP WHICH IS BAD FOR THE FEET. 

REMOVE PADDED INSERT FROM THE TRANSPARENT GROWTH CAPSULE.

THE ABSENCE OF THE PADDED INSERT OPENS UP SPACE FOR THE FOOT TO SLIDE BACK.

THE PADDED INSERT GOES INTO THE OPENING ON THE TONGUE AND THEN PULL THE STRAP OVER.

PADDING HELPS KEEP FOOT LOCKED IN BY MAINTAINING SAME OPENING AROUND THE ANKLE.

PROCESS