Medical experts worldwide agree that barefoot walking is not only the best thing for healthy foot development but also for the development of proper posture.
Information about movement and ground forces comes from the nerves on the soles of our feet. The more we can feel the ground, the greater our body senses its surrounding and can better respond and adapt to it.
Therefore, it’s vital that kids’ shoes be flexible enough to allow for natural movement. Inflexible rigid shoes that restrict motion are potentially harmful to kids’ foot development.
Enclosed are quotes of medical experts, who specialize in children foot development:
Dr. Wikler, DPM:
. . . children who had the opportunity of going barefoot a great deal, had less deformed toes, greater flexor strength, more ability to spread the toes. They also had denser muscles on the bottom of the feet; greater agility than those who had never gone barefoot . . .
. . . Children whose feet are healthy do not need a shoe for support; they need a shoe only for protection . . .
Dr. Paul W. Brand:
…Common foot problems … are caused either by poorly designed or poorly fitted shoes…
…Going barefoot seems to have an additional advantage in preventing arthritis of the hip…
Janet Perry, M.P.T:
… children are more likely to have good posture if they go without shoes as often as is possible and safe. That way they get more ‘sensory information’ from their feet and will have better walking and postural skills. …
Dr. Rossi, a podiatrist
Dr. Rossi, a podiatrist who specialized in footwear, warned about the risk of this type of shoes on children’s foot development. “Minimalist or Zero Drop shoes that are intended to mimic barefoot walking can be the proper footwear solution for toddlers in situation where barefoot walking is not safe or undesirable. However, in reality most of those shoes are not built correctly, and may interfere with natural foot function and natural growth of a child’s foot and body.”
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When a barefoot is positioned on the ground, the foot seats fully flat, and there is no space between the foot and the ground at the heel or toes area. However, many common minimalist and Zero Drop shoes are built with curved soles that have a substantial space between the ground and the sole in the front part. Instead of allowing the foot to be flat on the ground, these shoes push the front part of the toes up, which is referred to as un-natural dorsiflexion. That causes extra stress on the foot, and does not allow it to function naturally. Additionally, the soles of many of these shoes are too stiff and do not allow free foot motion.
To offer toddler shoes that mimic barefoot walking, KidOFit engineered its toddler shoes using advanced biomechanical and ergonomic concepts.
Barefoot Sole Design
KidOFit utilizes Zero-Drop soles, made of thin, flexible elastomer, which perfectly mimics the barefoot walking experience. The shoe’s flexible construction allows the foot to move naturally and respond to changes in the walking surface, feeling as close as possible to barefoot walking. What’s more, the light materials enhance the barefoot walking sensation, and improve comfort.