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An extendable children's shoe that can stretch a size and a half could soon appear in British stores.

Shoe brand Pip & Henry is developing the new invention for under-sevens, the age where children's feet grow most quickly.

Founder Jeroo Doodhmal said the mechanism could double the shoes' lifespan. Young children's shoe sizes change roughly three times a year.

The out-of-the-box idea is being funded by John Lewis, which gave Pip & Henry £250,000 via its £1million eco fund.

Stretchy material in the upper and an interlocking mechanism in the sole will extend the shoe

Ms Doodhmal, 38, told The Guardian: 'I think we’re about a year away from it being in the shops. 

'We have to test the prototypes and then take it to industry experts for their feedback … then come up with a final concept that’s ready for commercial launch.'

Pip & Henry's sustainable shoes for children cost £60 - and the expanding range would likely cost £20 more, the founder said.

'It is my ambition to keep the cost down as much as possible', she explained.

Each year Brits buy 80million pairs of shoes - with 85 per cent ending up on landfill (file image)

The entrepreneur got the idea while watching Blue Planet with her baby daughter.  

She said: 'On the one hand I was showing her Blue Planet, and trying to get her inspired by nature, but on the other, she was outgrowing clothing and footwear faster than I could effectively recycle it.'

Design proposals include an extendable sole with an interlocking, jigsaw-style mechanism. 

'The funding is substantial enough to take us all the way,' Ms Doodhmal added.

'I feel very confident we will be able to come up with something really valuable and robust.'

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Brits purchase 80million pairs of shoes each year - including 60million for children.

More than 85 per cent end up on landfill sites, Ms Doodhmal said.

She said: 'We won’t move the needle on that 85 [per cent] if we don’t take this concept to the mass market.

John Lewis sustainability director Marija Rompani said the Circular Future Fund, which has also given money to Scottish libraries and the University of Leeds, could have 'real impact'.

She said: 'Our throwaway culture, and the waste it generates, are unquestionably among the biggest challenges we will face in our lifetime and tackling them will require a different kind of thinking.'

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Rapper Jack Harlow Faces Backlash for Being Carried over Mud by Black Men at Kentucky Derby

Rapper Jack Harlow is facing backlash over a video that shows him being carried over mud by black men at the Kentucky Derby over the weekend.

The 24-year-old rapper was one of the many celebrities who attended the annual event on Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

A video tweeted by the Kentucky Derby’s official account shows Harlow being carried over mud by two black men — likely in an attempt to keep his shoes clean. The video, however, sparked outrage on social media.

Watch Below:

Gotta keep the kicks clean for Riders Up, @jackharlow.

— Kentucky Derby (@KentuckyDerby) May 7, 2022

“Jack Harlow being carried by 2 black dudes across dirt don’t sit right with me,” one Twitter user reacted.

“just saw a video of jack harlow being carried by 2 black men this is not the dream dr. king died for,” another wrote.

“that video of jack harlow getting carried so his shoes don’t get dirty is so embarrassing and v disturbing,” a third tweeted.

“just saw a video of jack Harlow being carried by two men because he didn’t want to get his shoes dirty?? Instant ick man tf,” another said.

“So jack Harlow getting carried by black men wasn’t weird to y’all?” one Twitter user asked.

“Jack Harlow is a bitch,” another said. “Who gets carried by a bunch of dudes so your shoes don’t get dirty? I thought this guy had dough? I used to throw white ups out the window after the club.”

“Jack Harlow got carried right into cancellation,” one Twitter user quipped.

“Jack Harlow better not open twitter cuz that shi will not be good for his mental health,” one Twitter user commented.

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