I am finding that most children's sandals have some sort of antimicrobial treatment. For instance, Keen uses an Aegis technology and Teva uses a Microban technology. They say that the Microban is " environmentally friendly zinc technology". I am pretty partial to the Keens b/c they work well for my son, and I feel that they protect his feet really well. the Aegis website says that it doesn't leach to any other organism it comes into contact with. I read somewhere on here or another parenting forum a few years back by a mother of a child with autism that she would not use any clothing/shoes that had antimicrobials. I can't remember why. Can anyone shed any light on this? It is going to be hard to find shoes w/out the treatments it seems.
Antimicrobials in shoes?
Hi -- I just came here to see if anyone knew of sources (a list?) of shoes without the antimicrobial treatment. Yes, it is supposed to be harmful, and I'd like to avoid using it. I'm in the same boat as HRJ, with a kid who's done great in Keens for a long time, not sure how I can possibly find a sandal that works as well (fast-drying, good fitting, sturdy, sneaker-like sole, covered toe, etc.). My kid would also like five-finger shoes and that really doesn't seem to be available w/o the chemical.
Brands definitely using some form of antimicrobial: Crocs, Tevas, Keens, Merrells.
More info (from sources that are obviously all over the map -- it's the www, so judge accordingly):
A TON of info @ EWG: http://www.ewg.org/search/site/antimicrobial
Might want to get a cup of tea before you settle in to read this MOTHERLODE of info:
Chacos don't use the antimicrobial stuff.