When it comes to buying footwear for our mini-me’s, healthy development has to be considered alongside fashion.

Choosing the right pair of shoes early on is crucial, as kids feet start life so incredibly soft and pliable. Toddlers need absolute flexibility to develop their feet as nature intended. Tight fitting socks, rigid soles and materials that don’t move and flex can hamper healthy development. Alarmingly, they don’t feel pain until the damage is done.

The right pair of shoes should have a toe-box that’s wide and round or square, to naturally follow the shape of the foot, with adequate room so the toes aren’t squished together. Materials should be breathable—leather or the types of mesh used in running shoes. The shoe should flex at the ball of the foot, but the heel counter at the back should be stiff to hold the shoe upright. Look for shoes that lace up or have Velcro fastenings to ensure a snug fit.

At Miette we believe in ‘stage, not age’. Foot shape is more accurately dictated by the stage of development your child is at, not by the number of months they have been alive, so we design shoes that support the foot at each stage of development.

 

Developmental Stages