The Best Shoes for Your Early Walker!

As parents we always want to make sure we do our research to ensure we are making the best choices for our children.

Well we have researched like crazy here at Border Podiatry Centre and this is how we discovered Attipas shoes.

We were looking into good shoe options for toddlers and stumbled across them online. We were blown away by the depth of research that went into the making of these little shoes. Once I’d tried them out on my toddler I knew I wanted to share my discovery with our clients at Border Podiatry Centre. Now we’re proud to stock Attipas shoes in the clinic!

When a child first learns to walk traditional shoe styles can have a negative affect by being too heavy and too stiff. They place a rigid barrier between the child’s foot and the ground preventing the child from being able to feel the ground under their feet. Attipas shoes allow new walkers to have a barrier of protection on their feet while still letting the toddler feel the ground and surfaces they are walking on. This provides them with important sensory feedback that helps with balance and small muscle development as well has having a positive impact on cognitive development. They really are clever shoes!

Attipas shoes are a great option because…

  • They protect the feet
  • They improve balance
  • They are lightweight and breathable
  • They don’t cramp the toes
  • They don’t impair the feet from adapting to the ground
  • They are reasonably priced
  • They are machine washable
  • They look insanely cute

 

Other brands of footwear that meet the requirements of a lightweight shoe with a flexible sole include Bobux and Skeanie. It’s important to remember that there are some exceptions where a new walker will need a more supportive shoe. In this instance your podiatrist is the best person to contact.

When a child is learning to walk they receive important sensory information from the soles of their feet. It’s a good idea to allow your child to go barefoot whenever possible and this will also help them develop good balance and coordination. Your child does not need shoes until they have really mastered the skill of walking. It’s also important to remember that children’s feet grow rapidly during development so their shoe size may need updating every few months. Shoes that are not fitted correctly and are too tight or even too big can affect your child’s gait and cause problems.

As always if you have any questions about your child’s feet or want to know more about what ‘normal’ walking looks like or what shoe option suits them best, contact us at Border Podiatry Centre. If you want to look at our range of Attipas shoes you don’t need an appointment and can come in any time. Next weeks blog will focus on the best shoe options for different age groups from new walkers to school starters.

Thanks for reading

Kate 🙂