Why?

BENEFITS OF BAREFOOT SHOES

Why children should GoBarefoot?

Barefoot walking is regarded as the best option for healthy foot development by many experts worldwide. Children’s feet are very soft and flexible, and at such a crucial stage in their growth and development; should be given the freedom to spread and strengthen as nature intended. However, due to our urban lifestyles walking barefoot is not always possible. Our children’s soft feet still need to be protected from sharp and rough surfaces.

Barefoot benefits for children:

• Helps them to have good control of their foot position when it strikes the ground

• Improves their awareness, particularly in relation to their surroundings

• Helps to develop their muscles and ligaments, which support the lower back region

• Enhances the strength of their foot arch

• Contributes to good posture

• The most straightforward benefit to barefoot walking is that walking barefoot restores our ‘natural’ walking pattern, also known as our gait,” explains Dr. Jonathan Kaplan, foot and ankle specialist and orthopaedic surgeon with Hoag Orthopaedic Institute.

What are the barefoot shoes?

Barefoot shoes are shoes that can offer an experience close to walking barefoot by reflecting the natural design and shape of your child’s feet while preserving their sensory feedback and alignment.

What are barefoot shoes?

Barefoot shoes are shoes that can offer an experience close to walking barefoot by reflecting the natural design and shape of your child’s feet while preserving their sensory feedback and alignment.

Elements of barefoot shoes

For shoes to be classified as “barefoot shoes” they should have:

ZERO DROP

Have no raised heel: The shoes must be flat and have equal thickness from heel to toe.

WIDE FRONT

Allow toes to move freely: Most shoes today have thin or pointed toe beds that constrain the toes. Barefoot shoes must, therefore, allow the toes to move freely or be open.

FLEXIBLE SOLE

Offer a simple protective barrier between the ground and the foot without compromising the sensory element of the specific environment.