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Adorable Animal Sneakers

'Ikiki' is a Line of Animal Shoes That Encourages Kids to Run & Walk

— June 17, 2015 — Life-Stages
These adorable animal sneakers from Ikiki are designed specifically to attract kids and to encourage them to get moving and playing. The goal for the project was to make a shoe that only kids would want to wear. Ikiki is a line of adorable animal sneakers that features playful animal faces and characteristics.

Each shoe has a built-in adjustable squeaker that is designed to aid children in developing good walking habits. The fun design appeals to children and the high-top ankle supporter appeals to parents. The soles of the shoes are cushioned and made to be extra flexible to keep up with fast-moving feet.

Instead of taking adult shoes and shrinking them down, Ikiki created a whole line of kid-only footwear. Ikiki designs children shoes, baby booties and hats for toddlers as well.
Trend Themes
1. Kid-specific Footwear - Opportunity for developing footwear lines targeted specifically to children, with a focus on features that are beneficial for their growth and development.
2. Interactive Design - Opportunity to incorporate interactive design elements, like adjustable squeakers, that encourage physical activity and play.
3. Parental Appeal - Opportunity to create products with features, like high-top ankle supporters, that appeal to parents as well as children.
Industry Implications
1. Children's Footwear - Opportunity to innovate in the children's footwear industry by creating unique products that target the specific needs of young children and encourage physical activity.
2. Children's Apparel - Opportunity to expand into other areas of children's apparel by incorporating interactive design elements and unique features that cater specifically to children.
3. Toy Industry - Opportunity for the toy industry to create products that promote physical activity and healthy habits in children, like adjustable squeakers and other interactive design elements.
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