We're an online artist community sharing ways to create and sell art. Try one of our easy websites for artists or just browse around and enjoy!

This Week: Let’s get some GROWING SHOES to kids in need!

This week we’re doing something completely different here at EmptyEasel—and it’s not even art-related.

A few friends of mine started a non-profit several years ago which makes durable shoes that grow (yep, these shoes ACTUALLY GROW) for kids in poverty. So instead of getting used pairs, or pairs that only fit until their feet outgrow them, kids are getting their own pair of shoes that grow 5 sizes and last for several years.

It’s an awesome non-profit, and I’ve been lucky enough to help with some design and art for them over the last few years.

Now they’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign. They’ve created a fun, new sandal that grows for everyone—you, me, your kids or grandkids—which they’re using to raise awareness and donations for their non-profit, and help parents save a ton of money when buying shoes for their growing kids.


They look fantastic, don’t they? As you might imagine, they’re already WAY past their Kickstarter goal of $10,000. I think they hit it in the first 12 hours!!

So a couple days ago they set 6 new goals for their Kickstarter campaign—if we can accomplish 5 out of 6 things on the list, they’ll send an additional 555 pairs of growing shoes to kids in need in Ethiopia. Here’s it is:


I think creativity, in all its forms, should be encouraged and supported. And creative ways to do good are even better.

So I’m going to leave this post up for a week. And if you’d like to learn more about Expandals, and how you can be a part of this awesome adventure, please visit their Kickstarter page or follow GroFive on Facebook.

You can also go directly to the non-profit, TheShoeThatGrows.org and give there. Either way, please join us in getting more long-lasting shoes to kids in need!

Last week’s articles on EmptyEasel:

6 Creative Ways ANYONE Can Collect Art on a Limited Budget!

Yeo Shih Yun: Brilliant One-of-a-kind Abstract Screenpaintings

Painting on Top of the World: How to Travel and Paint the French Alps

Is there something you’d like to share on EE? Send it in!

EmptyEasel is proud to publish reader-submitted articles nearly every week. Please submit your own article here or learn why you might want to.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to forward and share with your friends!

*Note: this post may contain affiliate links*

Monday in Art Marketing Tips – Drop by tomorrow for an excellent article from arthaus on how to promote your art (while building your brand and followers) only by using Instagram!

Tuesday in . . . read more

If you're looking for something else. . .
Love the Easel?

Subscribe to our totally free weekly newsletter for artists. Sign up today!

Art Contests
More art contests. . .
Other Stuff
EE Writers
Cassie Rief Niki Hilsabeck Lisa Orgler Carrie Lewis Aletta de Wal Phawnda Moore

If you'd like to write for EmptyEasel, let us know!

We love publishing reader-submitted art tutorials, stories, and even reviews.Submit yours here!
© 2006-2019 EmptyEasel.com About Contact Sitemap Privacy Policy Terms of Use Advertise