tiny toes and a tale of two reviews

October 7, 2014 at 8:32 pm 5 comments

26-9-14 E sole 4BI’ve learnt a lot about feet in the last couple of weeks!  Namely about childrens toes and how they differ from ours.  This latest fact finding was prompted by G noticing that E’s 4th toe on each foot was looking a bit turned in.  We came to the sad conclusion that E’s growing feet were not entirely happy inside his correctly sized, but narrow toed shoes. You’d think E might have complained but no toddler toes don’t feel pain in the same way that our stiff bones do. Their toes are so malleable they simply squash into their new position and get on with running and jumping as if nothing had happened. You can imagine how horrified we felt when that penny dropped! Thankfully the squishiness of toddler toes mean they’re easily corrected with lots of barefoot play and buying better suited, wide toed footwear.E s toes 4B
And so began my researching into barefoot shoes.  I recalled reading an article some years ago when Vibram five finger barefoot shoes exploded onto the market.  They seemed a bit odd to me and I wondered how such a thin sole could be protective and durable over rough terrain in typical British rainy weather.  According to reviewers it seems 3mm puncture resistant soles wear pretty well while providing good flexibility for hardworking feet.  Barefoot shoes for children more specifically are designed with wide toddler toes in mind and make a lot of sense in terms of good footcare for kids.  So does giving E the freedom to run and climb and kick about with suitably protected toes so I wanted to see for myself just how they compared to conventional shoes.  I fired off a couple of emails to suppliers of Barefoot shoes and was delighted to receive two immediate replies back – both from small family run businesses set up by parents precisely because they care so much about children’s feet.Bear-Foot logo jpeg
So this week, with the help of our friend J, a Clarks shoe fitter, we’re trialling a pair of boots from Bear-foot shoes and a couple of pairs of shoes from Happy Little Soles to review and providing some insights into the benefits of barefoot shoes.   Excited?  Just a bit ….HLS logo jpeg

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Denise  |  October 9, 2014 at 11:35 am


  • 2. barefoot adventures in Baby Bogs | Nip it in the bud  |  October 15, 2014 at 10:01 am

    […] in mind and with plenty of wriggle room around the toes. When I contacted Phil at Bear-foot about E’s squashed toes he […]

  • 3. Happy Little Soles for a busy little boy | Nip it in the bud  |  November 17, 2014 at 7:10 am

    […] what was I talking about last month? Oh yes, the importance of shoes that fit properly and the benefits of opting for barefoot designs for toddlers. The second of my barefoot shoes […]

  • 4. alison  |  April 15, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Did his toes straighten? Ive come to the same realisation with my daughter and googling toddler squashed feet led me here!

    • 5. Nip it in the bud  |  April 15, 2015 at 10:25 pm

      Hi Alison, toddler toes are pretty maleable and it has definitely straightened out a bit with broader shoes and going barefoot as much as possible. However I’ve also cone to the conclusion that toddler toes generally look a bit curvy anyway while their bones are soft as it still turns in a little and I think that’s just the shape! I’m glad we were on it at this age though, I have terrible feet from wearing shoes that were too small as a teenager. Have fun hunting around for roomy shoes for your daughter. This was the first of two reviews for barefoot shoe suppliers, can highly recommend both. Cheerio, Nic


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