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Natural Foot Development In Children

This article come from a series of informal discussions with various friends and customers on natural foot development. As children's feet grow little consideration appears to be given by the mainstream shoe manufacturers to natural foot development. I wonder, have these shoes designers actually looked at children feet? As such, I felt compelled and inspired to write this article.

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Getting it right from the start

When it comes to feet I believe we can get it right from the start. I’m an advocate of common sense so I sometimes end up doing things differently. This is why my children have never set foot in a high street shoe shop nor had their feet ‘formally’ measured. I instead opted to buy my children foot-shaped shoes. It just seemed like common sense. Though what seemed like throwing caution to the wind and trusting my common sense for my first child took some courage.

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The Toe Box Taper.....

I was going to try come up with some witty title (this one almost sounds like a dodgy dance. I've just read the Kitchen Disco to children #1 & #2 and I think that might have something to do with it). I failed (at the title not the reading!). The bottom line is - there is no place for tapering toe boxes in barefoot shoes for kids nor adults!  Why? Have you ever noticed the shape of your child's foot? Children naturally possess a forefoot that is wider than the rest of the foot - i.e. the widest part of the foot is at the tips of the toes. There is space between the toes of the child's barefoot. #crazythirdchild's beautiful...

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Shoe Myths...

The more parents I talk to, the more I see how much 'myth' surrounds children shoes. Parents fear getting it wrong, yet unknowingly by selecting mainstream shoes the damage is inevitable. ...3 SHOE Myths...    1. Snug Fit  'Shoes should be a snug fit' isn't that what we're told? If we're talking about preserving natural foot shape and agility then this is wrong. Check out my daughter running and hopping in this video to show how much room is truly needed if shoes are not to impair movement. We know that children's feet at more susceptible to deformation than adult feet due to growth and a greater amount of cartilage - this means it may be possible to wear ill-fitting shoes without...

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Can you touch your nose with your eyes closed?

  Go on...... Give it a try.......no one's looking.   If everything is working properly, this should be easy because your brain can sense your body, as well as its position and movement through space. This is called Proprioception, sometimes also referred to as our Sixth Sense(!). The Sixth Sense (no not the movie!) 

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