"Barefoot walking is important for the natural development of a child’s feet and assists in developing their balance and coordination. However, protection against hot bitumen, broken glass and other potential hazards to little feet is also important and that’s why I recommended BigToes.
They are lightweight and flexible to allow the foot to develop naturally but durable to protect tiny feet from damage. When a child wears rigid shoes all day, the area in the brain dedicated to receiving feedback from the feet is smaller than a barefoot walker as it is receiving less stimuli. With Barefoot walking and BigToes shoes the child will feel undulations of the ground they are walking on increasing the feedback to the brain and therefore increasing the area of the brain dedicated to the feet. This promotes coordination, balance and a natural foot development.
As a mum myself with an active toddler it is great to have a quick shoe to slip on that he can’t shake off. The sock forms part of the shoe so I know his feet are ventilated and when they get dirty you can throw them in the wash!"
Reasons why Phoebe recommend BigToes:
- Protection against potential hazards
- Easy to slip on
- Lightweight and flexible and mimics barefoot walking
- Promotes coordination, balance and natural foot development
- Plenty of designs to appeal to children such as animal prints and colour changing
M. Pty APAM Physiotherapist and owner of Bump Fitness Physiotherapy