Noah Is a Steve Madden Model!

Years ago when we met Ryan Langston (a model with Down Syndome who you may remember from this Target Ad) I never thought Noah would be modeling himself, but here he is on Steve Madden’s website modeling their new adaptive shoes!

Steve Madden recently released adaptive shoes for children with disabilities and Noah, along with some other children with different abilities, had the opportunity to model the shoes for them. As of the time of this blog post you can find his picture, and others, on their websiteand I am so proud!

Our Little Model

I am not only proud of Noah and the other children, but I’m proud of Steve Madden for bringing these shoes to market and for including kids like Noah in their marketing. As a parent of a child with Down syndorme I can say that representation matters.

In regards to the shoes; sometimes children with Down syndorme, and other disabilities, struggle with putting on their shoes and especially tying them. These shoes have a zipper that makes them easier to put on, and elastic on the heal which is also helpful. I’m super thankful that companies like Steve Madden think about kids like Noah!

Noah enjoyed doing a little photo shoot in our backyard!

What do you think about Steve Madden’s new shoes? Leave a comment below and let me know!

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About Rick Smith

Hi, I'm Noah's Dad and I'm passionate about giving the world a window into our life as we raise our son who was born with Down syndrome. I also enjoy connecting with other families, so let's stay connected.


  1. Janet Quigley says

    These photos are beautiful. So impressed with Steve Madden for taking this initiative. Will definitely look for these shoes for my granddaughter Maddie who is Noah’s age and was born with Down syndrome. She is starting 4th grade in a few weeks. Can’t believe her wonderful journey!

  2. Wow! Noah has really grown so much. I haven’t seen or read anything about him for some years now. He is a very handsome young lad and I love the modeling pictures.

  3. Noah is looking good!! What an awesome model. Love it!! Keep the updates coming Rick!

  4. Noah is such a handsome young man! These pictures are great. 🙂 It’s wonderful that Steve Madden has created these shoes with ALL children in mind!

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