1. Heavy shoes stunt brain development
Studies show that shoes, especially those of a heavy nature, prevent one of the most nerve-rich parts of our body, our feet, from sending important messages from the environment to our brains, and therefore stunt brain development in babies and toddlers.
2. We have more than five senses
In addition to our five basic senses, there are two other sensory systems: the proprioceptive system and the vestibular system. Proprioception gives us the ability to perceive the motion and position of our bodies in space, while the vestibular system is responsible for balance and coordination. The development of both of these senses relies heavily on sensory input we receive through bare feet, especially during infancy and childhood.
3. Keeping baby barefoot develops neural pathways
Parents often put shoes on their babies the moment they learn to walk, or even before they even start walking", says Dr. Kacie Flegal, who specialises in paediatrics. “One of the simplest ways to motivate proprioceptive and vestibular development is to let our babies be barefoot as much as possible.”
4. Be practical
Of course, we still want to protect our children’s feet from harsher environments, which is why pre-walking shoes such as Attipas are recommended by podiatrists. Flegal recommends a healthy balance of running shoe-free on a variety of natural surfaces, such as grass, dirt, sand or wet leaves, coupled with a protective, soft-sole prewalking shoes, when required.