Should children be barefoot?

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  1. Sid

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    Some interesting articles.

    Why barefoot is best for children
    Thoughts on a Proper Child’s Shoe
    Is it true that babies need to wear shoes for walking to help their feet develop normally?
     
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    Unfortunately my son isnt barefoot much at all, except inside the house. My wife isnt keen on being barefoot except on carpet, and well she has mostly bought him heavy boat anchors... I mean not just shod but realy heavy shoes... his last pair of sketchers with the funny big metal springs under the heels seem to weigh heavier than my biggest pair of hiking boots I've ever had and they are only like 1/4 the size. I can see his toes are already getting that cramped in look. :(
     
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    It is also interesting to note that unshod toddlers walk naturally on the forefoot: heel strike is only adopted with the first rigid shoes (and the parents' insisting on heel strike as the "correct" way to walk :()
     
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    Yeah, kids should be barefoot as much as possible to allow the foot muscles and structures to develop fully. I realize now we've developed a sort of foot-binding culture. Perhaps as adults who've been shod most of our lives we can get some of the development if we go barefoot, but the truth is I'll probably never have the feet I would have had if I had been allowed to go barefoot when I was a young kid.
     
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    I understand your pain, but my wife compromises with me now and our son only wears wide flexible shoes that are almost completely flat. He does wear cowboy boots on Sundays when we go out to grandma and grandpas place and then out to the barn, but at least they compromised with me on those and got wides that are also not pointy tipped but wider (for cowboy boots) in the forefoot. I am definitly saving that link Sid posted above about childrens feet and development.
     
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    even Jesus said family are the hardest ones to convert. or something like that.
     

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    Having a wife or partner that has also been barefoot during childhood is very helpfull, fortunatelly my wife is accepting this BF thing, in the begginnig she was a little confused, but now she even walks with me BF 1.5km in our way to Yoga, perhaps she'll never run BF but at least she is aware of the bennefits.

    We already decided that our kids will be barefoot, the problem will be both grandmas, you know, they are always complaining about BF children...
     

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    My mom spent a lot of time barefoot as a kid, so she is cool with me never wearing shoes, and whenever my son wants to be barefoot. Unfortunately my wife and her mom are the opposite. They are convinced that he will "step on something" any time and every time my son goes outside of the house.

    Fortunately he now has some little red shoes (age 4, size 10) that are much more flexible and look wider than shoes he's had in the past. I didn't buy them so I'm not sure what brand they are. But if he goes outside with me, BF or sandals (if he wants to). Whenever he's inside he always wants to take the shoes and socks off immediately. :)

    As for walking, it seems like my son has always been a heel striker ever since he first started walking at about 13 months old. We have hardwood floors and all the time you hear him walking around slapping his feet on the floor. I think he likes to hear the slapping. :p
     
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    I find that water shoes are often just as narrow as "normal" shoes.
     
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    Those I have purchased for my kids have never been narrow. You have to just keep checking until you find the right ones.
     
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    Patrick,

    my mom grew up bf and is still scared of me stepping on something. i went bf to school today and it was raining. everyone stared at me and smiled. i do the same to them. :cool:
     

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    a friend of mine,
    almost 4 years old,
    never had shoes
    beautiful and relaxed gait, big smile
    he also like to "dive" on the stones like if it was water, just for fun...

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    Kids and I played in the paint yesterday. I noticed something interesting.
    (Me) (DS1) (DS2)
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    Was going out the door for a quick 6 barefoot miles. Son asked to run with me. Just like me, he had no shirt or shoes on. I asked him, "barefoot?" And he just says, "yeah". We did 2.16 mules at a 19 min pace. Lots of walk breaks. First barefoot run.new barefoot runner. 20140803_171828.jpg
     
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    Did a training run on Friday. Both boys and me got out of the car barefoot. I had shoes for them, but if they were willing, so was I. I was planning 2-2.5 miles (5K race Sunday) - DS1 stubbed toe on uneven sidewalk. Hit the nail pretty hard. Ran through it for a couple minutes but then needed a break. Total 1.1 mile. If he hadnt gotten injured, I might have been 1 of 3 barefoot runners on Sunday. As it was, I was the only one.
     
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    My step-daughter asked her mom about when her daughter (now just 8 1/2 months old) should start wearing shoes. I sent her the above links. :cool:
     
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    I go running barefooted with my oldest daughter. She loves it and her form looks like art in motion. No advice needed, just the nurturing to encourage good habits!

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    Teaching my grandson the pleasures of splashing through puddles barefoot (while mom was shopping with grandma). :D puddle jumping.JPG
     
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    so cute!
     
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