IDPA Japan Design Award

International Design Pioneer Award
International Design Pioneer Award

Kids’ Lightweight Running Shoes


Project Description

POPO Kids' Lightweight Running Shoes aim to reduce the burden on feet during jumping and running to adapt to multiple sports scenarios. Drawing inspiration from soft bubbles, this product innovatively features multi-ball structured outsoles, which help distribute the strain on feet through quick deformation and rebounding, enabling exceptional cushioning and resilience to avoid ankle sprain. Coupled with the cutout design, it enjoys enhanced buffering capacity to lower the risk of injury during sports. In addition, the multi-ball structured outsole ensures strong traction, making this product more flexible to survive diverse road conditions such as slopes, rugged roads, etc.
The upper incorporates sandwich mesh fabric whose holes facilitate ventilation to ensure feet are dry and cozy and reduce foot odor caused by sweat. The industry-first kids' anti-mold and anti-bacterial insole guarantees excellent sterilization to keep feet hygienic.
This product takes elements from the nebula and spaceship to form a distinctive appearance, combined with childlike multi-ball shaped outsoles, to improve the visual and touch experience and stimulate kids' imagination and desire for exploration, making it both functional and interesting.
Moreover, the upper utilizes recycled polyester fiber made from recycled PET bottles rather than petrochemical fibers, reducing energy consumption, harmful gas emissions, and plastic pollution during production.


ZHE JIANG SEMIR GARMENT CO., LTD, founded in 1996, is a cross-industry comprehensive private enterprise with multi-brand garments as its mainline products. The company boasts two major clothing brands, Semir and Balabala, which are the leading brands in China's sportswear and children's garment industry respectively.
Balabala, a famous children’s fashion clothing brand in China, covers a full range of categories to meet children’s multi-scene wearing needs. Featuring cutting-edge fabrics and technologies, this line of products is designed by an international professional design team, aiming to be suitable for children of all ages and help bring them a happy childhood.

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