Dotty Fish as a brand has always been really passionate about making sure children have the right supported needed when learning to walk and helping their feet developed as they should. They're now keen to let parents know how their children can benefit from from wearing soft-soled shoes. Helen Chapman, founder of Dotty Fish said that “We want to give people the information needed to make an informed choice when buying footwear for young children. We want to create a movement, one that looks at what is best for babies’ feet.”
The London Podiatry Centre has one of the worlds most advanced facilities and have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to foot care and this if the first time they have worked with a shoe brand focused on providing products for younger children.
For years the common perception is that children learning to walk needs shoes with a good, firm structure in the hope it will keep them steady on their feet. Actually, it's better for children to spend as much time as possible in bare feet. It's an essential part of development and your child can really benefit form it, in the same way tummy time an help them as a baby. Although bare feet is great, it isn't alway a practical solution, especially when you're out and about and your child wants to walk and explore the world around them. This is when soft-soled shoes are perfect!
They protect your child's feet and offer a non-slip sole will help prevent them from slipping. The soft sole also allows the child's feet to move more freely and to feel the floor beneath just like when they walk in barefoot.
Helen goes one to say that “A baby’s foot doubles in size between birth and the age of 4 years. By their first birthday their foot is almost half the size it will be as an adult. Babies have 22 partially developed bones in their feet that are mostly cartilage while adults have 26 bones. This rapid growth and development needs to be kept in mind when choosing which shoes to buy.”
What to look for in children's shoes
- Flexibility so that the feet can move easily.
- Lightweight, allowing for natural ankle, knee and hip movement.
- Wide around the toe area to allow the feet to spread when your child is standing.
- Thin soles so that your child's toes are able to grip the floor.
- A snug fit so they don't slide off.
- Look out for shoes made with a breathable material as a babies feet can sweat a lot.