The feet of toddlers are developing, and they are learning to walk and improving their walking every day. It is best to keep them barefoot: every type of toddler shoes is rigid to some extent, limits the natural movement, and reduces the tactile perception of the feet, which is so important when learning to walk.
Why Barefoot Is Best For Children Rather Wearing Toddler Shoes?
Going barefoot whenever possible (indoors, outdoors, on a great variety of grounds) is not just practical and fun, it’s also the best for strong and healthy feet and legs, the whole body posture. And at a young age, the feet adjust much more quickly than later on.
So when would they still need shoes? When it’s freezing in winter or if they have to walk across dangerous things such as broken glass. Then the boots must always be flexible and in the correct size (both length and width); this needs to be checked regularly because the feet grow steadily.
While the fit is most important, it’s also a good idea to make sure no harmful chemicals are in making shoes. The wrong kind of shoes don’t protect from toxic substances but contain those substances in much higher concentration than a barefoot would come in contact. Likewise, when worried about germs, do not forget the bacteria that live in shoes. The inside of shoes is rarely clean, unlike feet that can be washed and scrubbed every day.
So the best quality shoes would be those that protect against the cold while being as close to barefoot as possible: ideally “breathing,” lightweight and flexible. And even those should only be worn when necessary.
Does Inappropriate Shoe Fitting Damage Your Feet?
The damage to feet lonely, documents within established shoe-fitting conventions.
Additional things to worry about would be your ankles, knees, hips, lower back, and neck.
Look into the benefits for the whole body and alignment that can be from shifting the type of shoes you wear.
All body above your feet is affected by cramping into a shoe that in any way impedes on foot, and toes spanning it’s full width. It allows the whole movement around the ankle (while freely spanning its full width), and to have natural & flat contact along with the critical surface areas (while freely spanning its full width).
Evolution has not changed the shape of our feet, yet since the dawn of modern footwear, we developed habits of chucking children into snug-fitting ‘sturdy’ shoes. It sets up a pretty bad anatomical future for their bodies.
We continue this in adolescence and adulthood by continuing to put shoes on our feet that are not the shape of feet! High heels or any heels are also an awful habit for the body.
On the latter point, people who wear heels daily are unknowingly choosing glamour in youth over mobility in old age.