Barefoot Really is BestIt’s only natural for children to explore, run, and jump. Children’s shoes should serve only to protect them from the everyday hazards they may encounter while enjoying their surroundings. Shoes should not affect a child’s gait, but should enhance the natural human anatomy, physiology and biomechanics.
In addition to the exterior design, the materials chosen are paramount to ensure healthy feet. Our breathable shoes, made from leather uppers with a leather lining, encourage good foot hygiene and can prevent conditions that can lead to Athlete’s Foot, fungal nail infections, and plantar warts.
Did you know? A growing foot takes almost 18 years to fully develop.
Infant feet are made up of flexible cartilage, not ossified (or hardened) bones.
X-Rays of a Child’s Normally Developing Foot at 0, 2, 4, and 11 years of age
These malleable young feet are therefore vulnerable to ill-fitting shoes. Shoes must allow a child’s foot to receive the physical feedback cues critical for maintaining proper balance while meeting their developmental motor milestones. An improperly-fit shoe can negatively impact the health and development of your child’s foot into adulthood.
Get it right, on the other hand (or the other foot!), and the right shoe will promote a natural and healthy gait, helping to prevent knee, hip and joint problems later in life. That’s why we’re here!