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So, my 15mo ds saw his chiropractor today and she mentioned that now that he's walking she doesn't recommend soft shoes because:<br>
1) they don't provide enough support<br>
2) without the suport their feet pronate too much<br>
3) too much pronation can = hip issues<br>
4) not enough support = falling more<br>
5) soft soled shoes have no arch support<br><br>
She said to use Stride Right shoes, soft soled at home only.<br><br>
This doesn't make much sense to me. All that I've read recommends soft soles until the age of 2-3 at least. How can you grip and keep your balance if your soles are hard? My son has no arches, so why would he need arch support? I know if I wear shoes with the arch suport in the wrong place for my foot my foot hurts. Wouldn't his feet hurt with "arch suport" where there are no arches? Humans until very modern time wore no shoes/soft shoes. How could that have been bad for their hip development?<br><br>
Anyone have research/something for me to read on this issue?<br><br>
Thanks!!!!!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Humans until very modern time wore no shoes/soft shoes. How could that have been bad for their hip development?</div>
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I only buy soft shoes for my DS. However, I do sometimes wonder if it is the right thing to wear in our modern environment. Back in the old days when people wore no shoes, they probably walked on soft earth, sand, or plant material much more of the time. These natural surfaces cushion the foot and support the arch. I think it is much harder on the foot to habitually walk on hard flat surfaces like concrete or asphalt, or even hardwood. I think it's important for childrens' feet not only to put them in soft shoes, but also provide them with a more natural environment for walking and running. Unfortunately, living in the city, my DS walks and runs on concrete or hardwood most of the time, so I do worry sometimes that maybe he should have more supportive shoes.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I only buy soft shoes for my DS. However, I do sometimes wonder if it is the right thing to wear in our modern environment. Back in the old days when people wore no shoes, they probably walked on soft earth, sand, or plant material much more of the time. These natural surfaces cushion the foot and support the arch. I think it is much harder on the foot to habitually walk on hard flat surfaces like concrete or asphalt, or even hardwood. I think it's important for childrens' feet not only to put them in soft shoes, but also provide them with a more natural environment for walking and running. Unfortunately, living in the city, my DS walks and runs on concrete or hardwood most of the time, so I do worry sometimes that maybe he should have more supportive shoes.</div>
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Good point! We are at the park/in our backyard a lot but living in the city he will spend most of his walking life on concrete.<br>
As an adult my feet hurt when I walk on concrete/hardwood floors all day but I don't remember it bothering me at all as a kid and I was barefoot as much as possible.<br><br>
Anyone else?
 

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I ran across this while doing some research about barefooted children. <a href="http://www.unshod.org/pfbc/" target="_blank">Barefoot Living</a><br><br>
It has a section of medical information on there about kids. Soft shoes aren't totally barefoot, but essentially the same as they are without hard soles.
 

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Have you <i>seen or tried</i> Stride Rite shoes?<br><br>
They are <b>very</b> flexable and soft. I wish they made shoes like that for grown ups <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
All of my kids had a pair of these for going out and about after they were good walkers.<br><br>
Of course at home, we are barefoot (which is about 98% of the time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">)<br><br>
Personally, if you let you kid run free anyplace other than the beach or home, I would be afraid of glass, or other things that find their way to the ground.<br><br>
But that's just me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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Oh BTW, I don't subscribe to the point of "when they're walking they need supportive shoes"<br><br>
I do it more for safety than support...am I making sense? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I just think Stride Rite are excellent shoes for toddlers, and for kids I love New Balance..they come in X-wide as do the Stride Rite...
 

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I LOVE striderite shoes. That being said, I think soft-soled shoes are ideal for walking around at home. For outdoor walking, my kids are on Striderites. The soles are firm, but very flexible.
 

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My 13 month old goes barefoot EVERYWHERE. When it was a bit colder I had socks on her. In her life I think maybe a grand total of 2 or 3 times has she had actual shoes on...and those were isabooties, beyond soft. I am 100% for barefootedness! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> (I agree sometimes it is unsafe under certain conditions.)
 

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We've just been having this debate around our house. My MIL and grandmother insist on me putting shoes on dd. It just seemed to me that no shoes, soft shoes, or moccasins would be best. So, at our last visit with the ped, I asked her what kinds of shoes are best and her reply was, "No shoes!". YAY! She also added that of course they need shoes if they're in a place with safety issues, but overall, they don't need shoes.
 

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The stride rite shoes I've seen are NOT soft or flexible. I wonder if there are different kinds out there....<br><br>
-Angela
 

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he could fall.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The stride rite shoes I've seen are NOT soft or flexible. I wonder if there are different kinds out there....<br><br>
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Probably. The 'walkers' have the flexible soles.
 

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nak<br>
I find see kai run's to be a happy medium
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Probably. The 'walkers' have the flexible soles.</div>
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How far up do they go in sizes- do you know? Last I looked all the soft-ish ones stopped WAY before I wanted dd out of really soft shoes.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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This discussion is a very good one in my opinion, as I am not really sure about this myself. Theses days everywhere you look and go soft soled shoes are in favour and recommended by most peds, but chiropractics and orhtos, at least a few of them, recommend what your doctor has recommended Momalea. I always had to put on supportive shoes as a child, so did my sister. My family and the older generation all say the same, wear supportive shoes.<br>
It definitely makes sense to me what tamagotchi says.<br>
So it is a bit of a dilemma for me as well!
 

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I like Stride Rite shoes. My children have all gone barefoot until they wanted to get down and walk in public places (somewhere around 15-18 months). Then, for safety, I put shoes on their feet. The baby shoes at SR are very flexible, and for the limited amount of time they wore them, I felt like they were just fine. They still went barefoot at home, at friends' houses, outside at home, etc.<br><br>
I really like SR too, because of the customer service I've always gotten there. My children's feet are hard to fit, so I can't buy shoes online or at discount stores like Payless.
 

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Not all hardwood floors are equal. Modern laminate hardwood flooring is very hard and inflexible. Traditional tounge-and-groove hardwood floors are fairly flexible - much more flexible than carpet over concrete, for example.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">So, my 15mo ds saw his chiropractor today and she mentioned that now that he's walking she doesn't recommend soft shoes because:<br>
1) they don't provide enough support<br>
2) without the suport their feet pronate too much<br>
3) too much pronation can = hip issues<br>
4) not enough support = falling more<br>
5) soft soled shoes have no arch support<br><br>
She said to use Stride Right shoes, soft soled at home only.<br><br>
This doesn't make much sense to me. All that I've read recommends soft soles until the age of 2-3 at least. How can you grip and keep your balance if your soles are hard? My son has no arches, so why would he need arch support? I know if I wear shoes with the arch suport in the wrong place for my foot my foot hurts. Wouldn't his feet hurt with "arch suport" where there are no arches? Humans until very modern time wore no shoes/soft shoes. How could that have been bad for their hip development?<br><br>
Anyone have research/something for me to read on this issue?<br><br>
Thanks!!!!!!</div>
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Your chiropractors advice completly contradicts everything that my chiropractor advised <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> We had to take Marah Jade out of hard soled shoes because it was interfearing with her balance and her ability to walk. As for number 5 that one confuses me because toddlers have flat feet.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Good point! We are at the park/in our backyard a lot but living in the city he will spend most of his walking life on concrete.<br>
As an adult my feet hurt when I walk on concrete/hardwood floors all day but I don't remember it bothering me at all as a kid and I was barefoot as much as possible.<br><br>
Anyone else?</div>
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I also find that walking in my own house on tile and hardwood hurts my feet. I wear my cushy house shoes or Crocs and that helps. I have dd in both hard and soft soled shoes, as well as bare feet as often as possible.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Personally, if you let you kid run free anyplace other than the beach or home, I would be afraid of glass, or other things that find their way to the ground. But that's just me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"></div>
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I totally agree. That's when we put dd in hard soles, I'm afraid she will step on something sharp. But at home, in our yard, at my mom's, etc, she's either in socks, soft soles, or bare feet.
 
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