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Top Baby shoes/ first walker shoes:Attipas Review

What is so great about Attipas @sprouts2.com

Do babies needs shoes? No, babies should learn to walk with barefoot, shoes would not be helping them to walk better, except in some medical conditions*. It is recommended to walk barefoot for their first two years. But this only make sense if they are indoor or in a safe area, right? When going to shopping, library or parks, babies will need shoes to walk on. Do you know what to look for to buy baby shoes or pre walker shoes? A few important pointers: the walking shoes must be lightweight, non-slip, flexible, and not to tip them over of course!

Attipas pre walker shoes are perfect pair of shoes for boys and girls, from 6 months onward! I will explain why Attipas shoes are one of the top baby shoes and toddlers shoes: because they are shoes socks, with 7 years of research, they can be the best water shoes and beach shoes, and more! And the reason you should buy a better pair for baby who are learning to walk. Let’s find out.

Perfect first pair of shoes

Sometimes it is easy to find the first pair of shoes for baby for them to walk with, while some baby will just keep kicking off the shoes or pulling the shoes off! Maybe they are telling you they don’t need to wear shoes, which they are right, but as parents we can only keep trying (and buying) and hopefully one day they will wear the shoes!

Attipas 2-in-1 shoes socks

Well, if that is the case, have you tried shoes socks? I am sure every baby wears socks, and they are quite used to having socks. Getting them a pair of shoes socks to start their walking journey can be a better idea, as this give them a transition from socks to shoes, and the best part? The shoes sock STAY ON!

QLD toddler horrifically burns her feet on metal plate in park

My experience with Attipas

My daughter loves walking with us holding her hands at 10 months old, so we gave her Attipas shoes to start with. Before walking outdoor, we let her to try to get use to the shoes at home. At first, she walks slower and off balanced, and rubs her feet trying to kick off the shoes. But after a few attempts, she is now a happy walker with shoes on.

Perfect beach and water park shoes Beach shoes and water shoes for kids @sprouts2.com

As summer and holidays are here, it is time for outdoor activities! Attipas is the best pair of beach or water park shoes for the little ones. Can you imagine if their feet is burnt with hot sands, injured by sharp objects or slip over at pool area? Those accidents are preventable with caution- wearing non-slip shoes!

This is recently happened in Queensland that a little girl had second degree burns on her feet! Her mother wasn’t concerned when she took her shoes off because it wasn’t a “cracking hot day” and plenty of other kids were running around barefoot in the water park. But she stepped on metal plate in the park that caused the serious injuries!

Read full news here: QLD toddler horrifically burns her feet on metal plate in park

Safety first with Attipas at beach and water parks

I am sure you will enjoy your family time better with no surprised incidents! Attipas shoes are better than barefoot as they provide protection, they are better than flip-flop (imagine how easy for them to lost their flip-flop in water?) and they are lighter than water boots! Don’t worry about the dirty and wet socks, they are easy to wash (in the machine!) and quick to dry (air dry only).

Attipas Reviews

Sweaty and Smelly feet

Some mum gave feedback of smelly and sweaty feet after wearing Attipas shoes. Which is true, when the weather is hot with active toddlers running around, they will come back showered by sweat with smell! Adults have sweaty feet and smell too right? I got to say the degree of horrible smell is different, some mum hate the smell while some did not complain much about it. I guess it also depends on different toddlers sweat differently!

There is HOPE!

Attipas shoes are machine washable, you can get two pairs to rotate, and wash the shoes before they get smelly. One of the mums says :”Attipas shoes are cooler than most enclosed shoes where you would probably be wearing a sock under sneakers etc”. She prefers Attipas as she can just chuck them in the wash to freshen them up, compared to sneakers that are not machine washable.

Not happy still?

Try a small spray of feet deodorant

or

Odourless insole in Attipas shoes @Sprouts2.com

Get a pair of charcoal inserts/ reduce odor black innersoles from Woolworth (Tried and tested by mum ).

You can cut according to the shape of the base of Attipas and trim around, then put into as an insert. Be mindful that the inserts will take a little room of the shoes, always check if the size is suitable for their growing feet.

Podiatrist Endorsed Prewalker Shoes

You wonder, with the rapid growth of their feet, should I buy a better pair of shoes for them? Attipas shoes are podiatrist endorsed shoes. With these scientific points: Big toes box for free toe movement, Breathable fine holes, lightweight and flexible, safe and convenience to wear.

No doubt that you can get cheaper shoes in shops, which is cost effective to change their shoes regularly and seems to be wise to do so.

What’s wrong with some other prewalker/toddlers shoes?

“When a child first learns to walk, traditional shoes can affect their feet by placing a barrier between the feet and the ground which can impair their ability to walk naturally, and may lead to problems later in life.

Stiff and heavy shoes can train the feet to develop in ways that nature may not have intended. It is much better to have shoes that protect growing toddler’s feet without being too bulky or cumbersome” explained by Podiatrist Daniel.

Let me ask you:

Do you prefer having supplements to build up your immune system, to prevent sickness? Or do you prefer to take medicine when you are sick or in pain?

Having better pair of shoes for better cognitive and feet development is worthy, compared with seeking help with feet problems or walking problems. Prevention, is always better than cure.

Investing quality shoes at their early stage to ensure healthy development.

Feet and motor development at early stage @Sprouts2.com

Love it? Me too!

We are in love with the cuteness of these shoes, we only found out the scientific benefits of it later on, that make us chose Attipas shoes to start with for our girl. The non-slip, lightweight, flexible and big toes box part are great for walking bubs, the machine washable, cuteness and the shoes stay on their feet part are life saving for all the mums!

Have you tried Attipas for your little ones? Do you find other pairs of great baby shoes?Please share with us by leaving comments, or ask us any questions!

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Read more about Attipas for Q&A and sizing here

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Attipas Review: Really Worth the Price?

Attipas Reviews

Have you heard of Attipas shoes? What is so special about it? The price of a pair of Attipas shoes equals to two to three pairs of cheaper shoes. Is it really worth the price?

The best and the worst products spread through word of mouth. While you are researching what baby/toddlers shoes to buy for your little ones, let us present you the science behind the Attipas shoes, the testimonials, the good and the bad reviews of Attipas shoes.

The Science of Attipas shoes

 

Attipas Introduction from Emily Hii on Vimeo. (By Attipas)

The meaning of Attipas is “My precious Friend’s Step” as a compound word. “Atti” means My precious Friend in Korean and “Pas” means Step in French. Attipas was launched in 2011 after 7 years of cooperative research & development conducted in conjunction with the Cognitive Behavioral Development Center at the Seoul University.  Attipas was developed based on biomechanical knowledge of brain development .

By allowing toddlers to feel the sole of shoes and move toes freely, Attipas helps to correct toddler’s walking by evenly distributing foot pressure.

One more thing, Attipas shoes are endorsed by Podiatrists.

They are Lightweight. Flexible. Convenient. Breathable. Safe.

Attipas Cutie

Click here to find out more about Attipas shoes

Now check out the Attipas Testimonials:

The testimonials

Mum from Malaysia: My  eldest  daughter  who is  now  3  years  7  month  old, was  diagnosed  with  Rickets, Vitamin  D deficiency type, which  caused  her  legs  to bend outwards, and  therefore  forcing  her feet to clubbed-in, and makes her  struggling  to  walk  properly.

….what I want  you  to  know  that,  through  all  these  years, only  one  type  of  shoes  that  fits  her best  and accompanying  her  days  without  a  single  complain  unlike  other  shoes  that make  her  feet  hurt  or  too  hard  to  her  toes, arch  &  soles.  Her  feet grow, walks and  run with  Attipas.  I  sometimes  cheered  to  her  “Run  Forest,Run!”.

Attached here with is a collage of some her memory with Attipas, all I want to say is Thank you Attipas for being there with my daughter through her ups and downs.

Attipas testimonial

The bad reviews

Attipas bad review

While I tried to find some bad reviews, I found 4 people rated TERRIBLE for Attipas in Product Review.com.au, but they were rating for customer service instead of the products.

Anyway, I found two stars reviews from Amazon:

Narek: While it sure looks like a quality product my 1.3 year old baby easily took them off every 5 minutes. So after 3 days of trying we just gave up.

Jay: Somehow it’s difficult for my daughter to walk in these big toe shoes. Not as good as expected.

And a couple from Facebook: (To clarify: Piling is normal, with thicker socks or frictions can cause more piling)

The good review

There are tons of good reviews that can be easily found online, but I will just take two:

Attipas reviews

Donna who reviewed Attipas at her blog:

I love that Attipas Shoes are so easy to put on and fit into family life so seamlessly – Although Little Man tends to wear his big shoes out and about he often wears the Attipas shoes in the pushchair and always at home. The shoes are so soft and bendy that there is no chance of them damaging growing children’s feet and they give his feet the support and protection he needs whilst running around without being to heavy or cumbersome.

Read her full review here

We have many styles: Cute, Formal, Animal, Casual, you name it!

Here are some tips and tricks:

Buying tips: Choose a dark sole with simple design

Washing tips: Hand wash with cold water so less piling; or machine wash in a laundry bag

Piling tips: Trim them using razor and run through quickly with lighter (careful with fire!)

Watch out tips: There are other brands that very similar to Attipas, make sure you are buying the genuine pair! Ours are made in Korea.

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Science Behind a pair of Baby shoes that you must know

Science Behind a pair of Baby shoes that you must know

Do you know how important to give the first pair of Correct shoes to pre-walker? This can seriously have long termed impact to their feet development. Fact: there is all floating bones in newborns’ foot, yep, and they will fuse together eventually. Therefore, their first pair of shoes should be like a second skin; flexible and lightweight.

It is a must to avoid buying newborns shoes that have hard edges or rigid structure that can pressure their little feet. All pre-walkers deserve healthy foot development.

The first step is to choose the science-based baby shoes.

Now, let’s check out the science to design a pair of great baby shoes and podiatrists endorsed baby shoes.

Technology of a pair of good baby shoes

What do the studies say?

Opposite to adults that need supportive footwear, studies show that babies walking barefoot is the best way for healthy foot development. With the bones of the baby foot are slowly developing and hardening, confining shoes with heels or arch supports can hinder the baby’s movements, and may cause problems through to adulthood. Adding to that, rigid shoes might also cause them imbalance when they are trying to walk.

Not only that, there is a lot of mental development that goes on through the process of learning to walk. Fact: 70% of our brain’s information on how to walk, run, and jump comes from the nerves on the soles of our babies feet.

Therefore, the more they can feel the ground, the greater the baby’s understanding of their surrounding environment.

To conclude, barefoot walking is the best, or soft and flexible shoes for outdoor walking. Now, the question is: how a baby shoe should be designed to?

Design of baby shoes

Material of good shoes

What is the first thing come to your mind when you are choosing shoes? Appearance! We want to look good and for babies, Cute! BUT, cute shouldn’t be the main factor in buying shoes. First thing first, the shoe is protecting their feet.

While it is best to walk barefoot, walking outdoor without protection may not always feasible. Therefore, baby shoes have to be designed in a way to allow babies to walk naturally and at the same time protect their little feet.

Soft and flexible

The sole of the shoes should be soft, and when you bend it, it should be able to easily bend in different positions. This ensure that the sole is bending with baby feet, not limiting the movement of their feet. Rigid and regular shoes can restrict them to walk naturally. Look for shoes with no arch, heel or ankle support.

 

Lightweight

2 in 1 baby sock and shoe

It is common sense that not buying heavy shoes to put onto their little feet. This can only do bad and burden their feet. Heavy shoes such as leather boots can cause them dragging the shoes while walking. Imagine they are actively running in those heavy shoes, they might easily be tripped off. Not only that, after a long day wearing those shoes, their muscles could be sore and overused too.

Materials

Make sure the shoes are made from non-hazardous materials and adhesives, and no use of formaldehyde. Materials such as natural, absorbing cloth or leather are preferable to synthetic materials as babies feet sweat more than adults. It would be better if the shoes are breathable and able to release heat.

Non-slip

Check the bottom of the soles, it should have a non-slip feature. You would not want your baby to bruise everywhere!

Sizing up their feet

This part is hard for parents. It is tempting when we see the price of some shoes and not buying extra large for them, thinking they will ‘grow in to’. But this will actually makes walking harder and falling easier. Having said that, you should allow some wiggle room, at least a thumb space from your baby’s toes to the top of the shoe.

Really let your baby try on the shoes, make sure the length is right, also, the width of the shoes. Some of the baby/children’s shoes are made too narrow.

The best way to get the correct width is to get your baby stand up and putting their weight to allow the foot to completely expand. Narrow shoes could impact their foot structure, as well as their balance.

What brand to buy?

We as parents want the best for our kids. And we have to be wise too. Buying the most expensive pair in the store is not always the best choice.

-You should pick the companies that specifically designed shoes for baby and children. You don’t want to spent money on the branding or designer’s name.

-You want to spend on shoes that have quality and research involved in the making of the shoes. Some shoe manufacturers children’s shoes are simply scaled down versions of adult shoes, which is not suitable for toddlers as they need a much bigger toe area than adults.

 

Podiatrist endorsed baby/ prewalker/ toddlers shoes

Look for podiatrist endorsed shoes. Podiatrists are specialized in feet, they know what shoes are better.

Here is three of many brands that are endorsed by podiatrists:

Baby leather shoes

Bobux: Bobux aims to protect their little feet and let them be free to develop naturally. They support true foot health and go to great lengths to keep up with the science of healthy childhood development.

Memo baby shoes

Memo footwear: Memo is claimed to be the highest quality children footwear in classic style, made of natural materials suitable for children’s feet. It maximizes foot comfort, as the shoe is made of natural soft goatskin. In addition, natural hygrosopic materials make the shoe breath and foot not to sweat.

Attipas toddlers shoes

 

Attipas: Podiatrist Daniel Gibbs has great comments on Attipas shoes, which protects their feet, also encouraging healthy development with closer contact to the ground. He frequently recommends Attipas as a great start for babies who are newly walking, and toddlers who are growing at a rapid rate.

Baby healthy development matters!

All of us want the best for our children. These baby shoes have ticked all the right boxes to ensure the proper development without any restictive. So make sure they are on your top list when you are buying shoes for your child.

 

 

 

 

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Attipas As The Best Baby shoes-Podiatrist Endorsed (with FAQ)

Podiatrist endorsed Attipass baby shoes

Your little bub is starting to walk! How exciting. The next questions will be: What baby shoes you should buy for them? When to buy shoes for baby? What is the size for my baby feet? Or maybe the shoes you got for them do not stay onto their feet? Or you are just want to find something cute?

Here is the answer for you: Choose Attipas as the prewalker shoes, endorsed by podiatrist, with superb cute designs.

What baby shoes are the best when they are learning to walk?

Do you know, it is recommended to let toddlers to be barefoot or wearing soft soled shoes, learning to walk. This can ensure their proper feet and muscles development. Restrictions such as hard sole or rigid structure for their little feet can have long term impact to them. Your little bub deserve healthy foot development. Read more about children feet and shoes here.

So, Attipas toddler shoes should be your first choice. Why?

After 7 years of research that based on kinetic and physiodynamic tests of toddlers walking, Attipas baby shoes were released in 2011. Why they are the best?

Baby shoes

They have the five key benefits that matches the suggestions by Better Health Channel:

1. Convenience

They are strong, smooth with non-Slip features, ideal for indoor and outdoor wear. They are also machine washable, with fast drying materials.

2.Breathable

They have superior, breathable fine holes that release heat (International Patent); although some baby with sweaty feet is recommended to wear socks.

3. Big Toe Box

They allow free toe movement that is important in cognitive and motor development; and best for wider feet baby too.

4.Safety

They are made of non use of hazardous materials and adhesives, no use of formaldehyde

5.Lightweight & Flexible

They are super lightweight, that would not give extra weight to the little feet. They are also flexible, just like wearing socks, giving the comfort all the time.

And they are cute and colorful!


Attipas formal
Attipas Formal

Some FAQ

1. Are they waterproof?

No, they are not waterproof. The base of the shoes has breathable holes that makes them not waterproof. However, they are prefect for water park as the shoes have non-slip features.

2. Are they good for beach?

Yes, they protect the feet, with minimal sand goes into their shoes.

3. It is winter , will the feet getting cold?

You can always put the socks on for them for extra warmth.

4. It is summer, will the feet sweat?

Yes, even adults sweat. For sweaty feet, it would be recommended to take them off and air them regularly. Use baby powder and wash regularly.

5. When to buy shoes for baby?

Attipas baby shoes are great for prewalkers. They can be wearing Attipas since they start to stand and learn to walk, around 8 months. The sock-like shoes also provide the smooth transition for them from wearing socks to shoes.

6. How to wash them?

One of the best thing about Attipas shoes is that you can put them into a laundry bag and straight into washing machine (cold wash only). After some washing, wearing and rubbing, some piling might occurs. It will be the best through hand wash with air dry. For the rubber part, use toothpaste to remove the stains.


See what other mums say:

Erica: These shoes are a great first walker (and I believe will suit for a couple of years)! Bubs wouldn’t wear other shoes and is walking early at 9 months old. No issues getting these on, just like socks, and now he can walk outside wherever we are.

Denise: I admit I was a bit skeptical upon hearing this product. But since my 11 month old son, Hayden was starting to learn to cruise and I have yet to buy proper shoes for safety at his upcoming childcare arrangements, I decided to purchase 2 pairs of his current size to try. I was surprised at how well Hayden had taken to them and continued his business in crawling and cruising. They are easy to clean and maintain and the marine design is so adorable that it even caught my friends and relatives attention. I have already purchased 4 more pairs in bigger sizes because I have a feeling I will be using them often until I can find proper shoes for him to walk in when the time comes. Thank you, Attipas!

Check out other reviews and Attipas testimonial here.

What is size of the shoes? How to measure?

Toddlers shoes sizing chart

There are 6 size available, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL. The approximate age range from 6 months to 4 years old. For general guide, Size 3.5 is small (6-12M); Size 4.5 is medium (12-18M); Size 5.5 is large (18-24M); Size 6.5 is XL (2+years); Size 8 is XXL (3+ years); Size 9 is XXXL (4+ years)

 

It is easy to measure for your baby’s feet using the Attipas sizing chart. Here is how:

  1. Lining up your child with the heel matching to the Attipas logo, standing up.
  2. Putting presure by gently press down the top of your child’s foot and toes. Make sure that the feet are flat on the surface.
  3. The first line that is above your child’s longest toe indicates the right size.
  4. Remember to measure both feet and choose the size that is larger.

Click here to download Attipas Sizing Chart

 

Attipas Awards and Press

Awards winning toddlers shoes

Attipas has been awarded with several medals: Favorite Children’s Fashion Label Awards, Design Awards Winner, Mom’s Choice Awards, Innovation Awards etc. Not only that, many magazines such as Practical Parenting, Pregnancy & Newborn, even 97.3FM and Channel 9 Today Extra have been introducing Attipas shoes. Not only that, the founder and CEO of Attipas, Caroline has been to Shark Tank in 2018!


But my baby feet grow fast!

Yes, we all know baby grows in a blink of the eyes. Good news for you: You can resell the Attipas shoes (with good condition and reduced price of course) to other bubs! If you are from Australia, you can join their Buy/Swap/Sell (Pre-loved) on Facebook. Sounds like a good deal!

Shop here today!

One more thing, if you are in love with Attipas shoes, you can be one of the Attipas consultants in Australia! By being an Attipas consultants, you can work from home, and sell the amazing products to your family and friends (extra income!). Find out more about becoming an Attipas consultant [here].

 

 

 

 

 

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Top 3 brands school shoes- comfort and support for the growing feet

Top 3 school shoes

It is time for your kids to gear up and start their new journey to school. For parents thinking about buying cheap school shoes, you may need to think again. Kids are active, from classroom to playground, having supportive and quality school shoes are important to give the comfort as well as assist them in proper development of their foot. They need good shoes more than adults.

Choosing cheaper school shoes over the quality school also is not a good idea as the shoes need to be replaced sooner due to the quality. Here is the top 3 brands of schools shoes that recommended by podiatrist.

Clarks

 

Clarks School Shoes

Clarks shoes are available in 1/2 sizes and multiple width to ensure an accurate, perfect fit every time. With leather uppers that are breathable and removal insoles, Clarks school shoes have support and cushioning in all the right place.

Size 27-30; Price $17.99-$19.99 Check it out here

Ascent

 

Ascent School Shoes

Ascent makes school shoes designed like sport shoes. Ascent school shoes are available in 1/2 sizes and multiple width options (2A to 4E) to ensure the perfect fit. They also offer a range of different toe shapes. Not only that, Ascent offers a 6 month rubber out sole guarantee. Sounds good! They are the only school shoes endorsed by The Australasian Podiatry Council (APodC) and also the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA).

Check out their official website here

Memo shoes

Memo Cinderella 3LA Girls' School Uniform Extra Depth Orthopedic Dress Mary Jane

Memo shoes monitors, prevents, and corrects foot deformities in preschool and school age. It is very important to prevent and correct ankle pronation, knocked knees, tip toe walking, pigeon toes, and improve flat foot in time from a young age. Memo System Technology will show foot condition of your child just in two weeks and will give you an answer to very important questions: need your child to wear orthopedic inserts or not. The shoes equipped with Thomas heel to treat and prevent ankle pronation, extra depth and width for orthotics

Upper and lining are made of high quality genuine leather with foam-padded elements in sensitive areas for better comfort. Shoes are equipped with a thermoplastic asymmetric stiff heel counter for proper foot protection and stabilization.

They are designed and made in EU by postural experts from Children’s Memorial Health Institute.

Size 30-37. Price $125. Check it out here.

The better investment

There are many brands available, maybe cheaper, fancy, or easy to get. Choosing a better pair of school shoes would be a better investment as you may save time and money to replace the quicker worn-out shoes, and, you save the effort of worrying their foot development. Why not?

 

Check them out by clicking here at the above or order online from Amazon now!

 

 

 

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Choosing the Best supportive shoes- 3 Steps to test before you buy (with Pictures)

3 Steps to test for supportive footwear

You may ask, why do you need a supportive footwear? You are happy with your flexible and cushioning shoes that you feel you are walking on the cloud. Yes, that is good for short distance walk. Imagine walking in muddy path or at the beach, the ground is not stable causing the muscles have to work harder to walk, hence tired and sore muscles. On the other hand, when we are walking on the solid floor, our body alignment might not be correct, or maybe we have flat feet, one leg is longer than the other (you never know), or tight calves muscles, painful feet such as heel pain (plantar fasciitis) and so on.

Way to get better? Get a supportive footwear, and put orthotics in to change the ground that suit you.

These 3 golden rules are provided by James the podiatrist (Excel Podiatry Clinic Pty Ltd). Here I use two different pairs of shoes for demonstration. There is the easy three steps to check if the shoes are supportive.

Bending of the shoes

How to find a supportive footwear

Make sure the shoes is not bending where is not supposed to be, which is bending at the mid arch. The shoes should be bending only at where the toes are bending. Shoes that are too flexible might end up causing the pain in your foot.

Twisting of the shoes

Guide to buy supportive shoes

The shoes should be firm but not hard when you do the twisting motion of the shoes. Never get a flimsy shoes. A shoe that can be twisted easily is not a supportive footwear.

Heel counter testing

Supportive footwear comparison

It should be firm but ensure cushioning at the back of the heel. You can’t have it too hard as it might irritate your heel, such as high heels shoes. This is important because the stability comes from the rear part of the shoes.

Nice and easy,right? Remember these 3 golden rules and your feet will be happy all the time!

Orthotics fitting

If you are putting your orthotics in, you got to have a pair of stable shoes, so your orthotics can give the support and won’t move around. One tip is to bring your orthotics to put inside the shoes to try on for the perfect fit. Find out how orthotics can help your foot pain here.

Read more on:

For Women Orthotics friendly shoes ; Top 3 women sandals for flat feet

For Men Orthotics friendly dress shoes ; Best Sandals for flat feet

For kids Best orthopedic shoes for kids

 

 

 

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The impact of wearing small shoes and worn-out shoes: Deformities and Problems!

the impact of wearing small shoes

How can you tell it is time to replace a new pair of shoes for you or your kids? Do you check their shoes regularly? Does the kids tell you they need to change their shoes? And do you know the impact on them by wearing a pair of worn out shoes?

Here are some pointers:

Check the inside of the shoes

You would not know what is happening inside of the shoes unless you take out the insole of the shoes. To my suprise, i have seen cases where the original insole was presented with a big hole on their big toes as well as some of the weight bearing areas of their feet. Removing and observing the insole can assist you with identifying the pressure areas and how your child walk; their gait patterns.This can sometimes be handy to tell the type of their foot shapes.

 

Sands! Parents… please take note if your child love to play in the sandpit, they are coming home with shoes which are filled with sand. It is very important to clear up the sand while the insole is out, dont just shaking out the sand. You wouldnt believe the amount of sand that is hidden beneath the insole. If the sand was left over a period of time; this would damage the interior of the shoes slowly, and causes bacterial and fungal skin infections.

So parent.. please take out the insoles and take some time to check the condition. Also; match them with their feet, if the feet are longer than the insole then it is time for shoe shopping.

Now check the outward appearance of the shoes

The most obvious way to identify whether it is time to change the shoes is through the appearance of the shoes. Has the shoes worn out? or are the cute little toes visible through the holes in the shoes? Least to forget; go ahead and take a look at the bottom of the shoes- are the thread still there?

By the way; if there is not thread on the shoes then the shoes are not doing what they are support to do, in fact it could cause more slipping and fallings. No matter how much your kids want to wear them, regardless of the brand of the shoes, they need to be replaced.

Believe it or not, shoes can change a child’s and your walking pattern. Therefore, it’s either to have a good supportive shoes or to have a shoes that requires your child feet health. Worn out shoes can actually cause overused muscles injuries in some cases.

Listen to their little Complaints

It is understandable sometime parents ignored our kids’ requests or complaints. However, it should be taken seriously when they are reporting pain while wearing a certain pair of shoes. When they refused to wear a pair of shoes, Not wanting to walk for long distances, tired of shopping etc. These might be due to pain which was resulted from over used injuries and wearing an unsupportive footwear.

Feet!!. monitor your child’s feet, check them out for any redness, swelling or infections. If in doubt, see a Podiatrist; a health professional who spends time study in details about feet and ankles.

What more does the research had to say

An orthopaedic surgeon,  Mr Espinosa once said this: “the most striking finding in our study was that more than 90 percent of both outdoor and indoor shoes/slippers worn by the children were too small.” One other literature review suggested that wearing small shoes can lead to improper positioning of the flex zone (where the cuts and folds follow the natural movements of the feet) and thereby causing harmful stress to the feet.

The impact of wearing small shoes – Foot deformities

Wearing small and narrow shoes can be an big problem. It can have a detrimental effect on children’s feet health. I am sure you are aware of bunions deformity; claws toes; flat foot IGTNs. I am not saying, wearing small shoes will have a direct causative factor of the foot deformities as per mentioned but it does contribute in exacerbating the deformity. Therefore, parents please change your kids’ shoes in time, perhaps you might be saving them from needing a surgery in the future for bunions and other foot deformitiess. As we all knew this rather well: ” prevention is better than a cure”.

Hallux Abductor Valgus/ Bunions

Hallux Abductor Valgus are also commonly known as bunions. It is a progressive genetic driven plus external factor driven foot deformity where the big toe begins to angled sideways toward the second toe. This can sometimes be painful, and might presented with just red nodules to start with. For kids, it can be aggrevated by wearing smaller and narrow shoes for their feet. For women/ ladies, it can be formed by wearing high heels shoes ( which greatly increases forefoot pessure hence exacerbating the condition) and/or narrow pointy shoes.

Ingrown toe nails

Ingrowing toenails are a condition where the nails; especially the big toenail are growing in the nail fold. It is painful and yet sometime presented with some nasty infections. Wearing tight shoes can also have a detrimental effect on how the child’s nail grow. In some cases, nail damages can occurs. This often results in increased thickness of the nails; layering of the nails; discolouration and bruising of the nail bed.

Not to forgets- as per mentions previously; sand in the shoes could also sometime gets into the sulcus and cause further irritations to the nail fold bringing infections and unwanted bugs.

Conclusion

To sum up, parents, it is not needed to further explain as to how picking/choosing and checking children’s foot wear is an important task to assist your little ones. Teach them about these pointers above; embraced them; so that they too, can do it themselves and pass on the message to their friends and families.

“Lets make the Shoes a better place for the children feet”: – Dr James Wong (Podiatrist)

 

Read more on what are the shoes are best for kids here

 

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Best orthopedics running shoes for kids-Memo footwear

Best orthopedics running shoes for kids

I have come across many kids’ shoes, most of them are flat and without proper support at the heel. Having a pair of good shoes is essential for your kids as their feet are developing. It is important that the footwear ensures proper stabilization of the heel at the first steps and prevents from potential defects. Here I introduce you the best orthopedics shoes, ranging from baby to 6 years old, the Memo shoes.

The Memo System

Memo idea

One of the most special parts about Memo shoes is that, the bottom of the sole is numbered and divided into 6 different zones with cambered stripes. After wearing Memo shoes it is possible to access the degree of stripes abrasion. Depending on which zone is worn, insoles can be selected to correct the problem.

For example, abrasion in zone 1 means healthy feet; abrasion in zone 2 indicates to use grey insoles; and it is advised to seek medical advice if abrasion occurs in zone 5 and 6.

Memo materials

Memo is claimed to be the highest quality children footwear in classic style, made of natural materials suitable for children’s feet. It maximizes foot comfort, as the shoe is made of natural soft goatskin. In addition, natural hygrosopic materials make the shoe breath and foot not to sweat.

Medical opinion

Memo system is well-known among pediatrists and orthopaedists. It is particularly recommended for the defects prevention and correction of existing abnormalities and/or deformities. Dr Anna, the head of Day Hospital for Motor Organ Rehabilitation commented that: “I strongly recommend them even for youngest children, so that possible physical defects could be effectively prevented from the very beginning.” She added that ” the foot remains in correct position and develops correctly with the suitable shoe stiffening within the heel region.” Professor Jan who specializes in medical rehabilitation says: when patients use Memo system, the condition of foot and knees improves very quickly.

Memo range

Depending on the age of your kids, and the condition of the feet, Memo offers a wide range of shoes, with vigorous colors and eye-catching design. Memo footwear are recommended as prophylactic orthopaedic shoes, and are also designed for Cerebral Palsy patients.

Memo baby: Models from Memo baby collection are originally designed for the youngest children just starting to walk. Baby shoes do not have the diagnostic sole, since their primary function is prevention.

Urban Classic: The only sneakers with Thomas Heel, stiff heel counter and leather upper on the market. They are not only perfect shoes for everyday use in schools or kindergartens, but also make fashionable completion of both casual dress and elegant outfit. Check it out here.

 

Memo classic: They have a diagnostic sole to monitor the status of their feet, suitable for indoor and outdoor use.

Mammal Collection: A cute animal touch to integrate and follow the sandals lines. Have a look at the Koala Girls Sandal here.

 

 

Memo active: Memo active Collection was created for small and large patients with specific feet defects, mainly Celebral Palsy patients. It is a particular form of the footwear, special corset heel counter and fastening belt ensures proper functioning and defect correction.

Memo insoles

Memo system consists of a set of inserts, which used within the shoes make them a corrective footwear. They are designed for proper feet shaping, based on the zone of abrasion of the out sole and heel.

Supportive shoes with custom-made Orthotics: popular but unnecessary?

While orthotics (shoe inserts prescribed by orthopedists or podiatrists) are the latest rage, Dr. Frey,Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at UCLA and Chief of Foot and Ankle Surgery, California, feels that in most cases they are unnecessary.

This is due to the fact that the design of good quality of shoes today, as explained above, and assuming you buy the proper shoe for your child and get a correct fit, you probably can save yourself a hundred bucks from buying a custom-made orthotics.

However, in some cases like over-pronation, flat feet, high arches, shin splints, arch pain or strain, children will be benefit from having orthotics. I will be explaining how orthotics can help to support them and why they may or may not need to have orthotics in this article.

The ultimate goal

Unlike clothing, it would not affect the growth of the body shapes of children. Incorrect and unsupportive footwear can cause serious foot deformities. Therefore, as parents, we need to be smart and be educated to choose what is the best for our kids.

To conclude, for light correction and prophylaxis purposes, Memo is great, quick to order and a good quality footwear. Polo sneakers are great for school, shoes and sandals a beautifully designed and provide all therapeutic benefits in comparison to other flimsy footwear that currently available.

Please let me know if you have any comments or need any help, I will be happy to help. Thanks

 

 

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The Best Shoes For Your Children-Nike, Adidas, New Balance or Sketchers?

Nike, Adidas, New Balance or Sketchers?

After observing the type of foot shapes, the way they walk that mentioned in the previous post, you might think what is the best brand of shoes for your kids. But, are the branded shoes better than the unbranded shoes? What is your underlying reasons in buying shoes? Is it the trend, design, price, advertisement, word of mouth or you buy what you like?

Are those factors important? Of course they are. Another factor that is vital, the technology behind a pair of shoes. Nevertheless, the comfort is the key reason for you to bring the shoes home.

Technology

Big companies spend a lot of money and effort in upgrading the technologies of the shoes and come up with real fancy names for the consumers to buy their products. Most of the time, we as consumers, buy them. Considering the materials, weight, stability, support, cushioning and the design, it will take you ages to get the best shoes.

Well, the technologies of the shoes can be found in the respective shoe companies, so it would not be explained here. One thing to point out is that, it is certainly better to buy a pair of tech shoes compared to buy the one at a random stall. Shops like The Athlete’s foot in Australia are the retailer of athletic shoes, where the staffs are trained extensively in shoe technology, basic bio mechanics and fitting techniques.

So, you do not need to understand all the technology behind of the shoes, just go to a shoe shop that does know what they are selling.

Advertisement/Marketing

If you have any social media accounts, you are exposed to many advertisements. They are actively pop into your brain, and you are passively accepting them. They are everywhere, sometime you are doing free advertising for them unconsciously.

For example, you post a photo of buying the latest pair of branded shoes on the social media and you get many ‘like’ from your friends, asking you the price and where did you get it. See, advertisement works! Just be conscious when doing the shopping as some shoes can be overly advertised, but those are not what you should get.

Frankly speaking, wearing one pair of wrong shoes would not have instant impact on you or your kids. If you or your kids really love the shoes, buy it. Just make sure don’t wear it 24/7 and get another real good pair of shoes for their own benefits.

Word of mouth

The power of word of mouth is real, it is someone’s testimony towards something. Many times I heard people saying they love Sketches because of the cushioning and the lightweight. Only then I went to a Sketches store to try out, the shoes are comfortable and so soft!

Have you heard of Birkenstock? My friend recommended to me saying that it is supportive, and I bought a pair. I also found out that Attipas baby shoes are podiatrist endorsed, I have tried it and now I am one of the mum selling Attipas shoes!

The power of word of mouth is real. You can ask for recommendation from your friends or family when choosing shoes too.

Share with them the conditions such as flat feet or the feet are turning in while walking, I am sure they will give the real reviews, rather than spending time shopping around, unless shopping is what you like to do.

Price

It is common sense that branded one is more expensive than unbranded. The reasons are obvious, money are invested in doing research, marketing and to pay the endorsers. However, the most expensive pair of shoes does not mean that it is the best shoes for you.

Discounted shoes can be the right shoes too. To me, money is hard-earned, therefore, wise decision should be made when doing shopping. You will realize there are traps everywhere from the marketing strategies.

Often, buy online is cheaper than go to a store. Just try out the shoes in a store and go online shopping. You will be getting the same shoes and save more.

Well?

As we all are unique and different,  sometimes buying the right running shoes is a trial and error.  The factors above are those that you should take into consideration when buying a good pair of shoes for you and your family.

And one more thing, you can always ask your podiatrist for good recommendation that suit your feet too.

Read more on recommended shoes from podiatrist in other posts! Don’t miss out. From baby, kids to women and men!

 

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Secrets in choosing the right running shoes- Observe your kids

Secrets in choosing the right running shoes

What is the secrets in buying shoes? How do you buy your or your kids’ shoes? Many of us have zero attention on how to choose the right shoes, rather we buy a pair of shoes by the appearance and the price.

Also, most of the time, we are influenced by many shoes companies that are overly advertising that misguide us to buy the wrong pair shoes. The secrets to pick the best for your kids need to be based on: bio mechanics, forefoot shapes, foot types, activities, and lifestyle.

 

Biomechanics-How do they walk

feet turn inwards when walking

Are your kids walking funny, feeling imbalance or feet are turning in while walking? These problems can be due to genetics, leg length discrepancy, or their walking and sitting posture.

Whether one of the which is the cause, it would be highly recommended consulting with a podiatrist before things are getting serious. A podiatrist will examine and study the way they walk, assess the overall gait patterns, check for muscles activation and joint range of motions.

On the other hand, a pair of right shoes can do a little of wonder to improve their biomechanics. Most of the time, what they need is a firm Orthotics in a pair of supportive shoes.

 

Identify Forefoot shapes

There are four type of forefoot shapes: Angled, Square, Round and Morton.

Guide to buy shoes with different types of forefoot shapes

With Angled forefoot, big toe will be the longest, with the other toes slanting in a downward angle.

With Round forefoot, there is an obvious curve across the toes. The contour of the shoe from the big to the little toe needs to be curving outwards to ensure that the ends of the 2nd and 3rd toes are not under stress.

With Morton forefoot, the longest toe is either the 2nd or 3rd, with the other toes shorter and tapering down. It should be fitted same with a Round forefoot shape, based on the longest toe.

With Square forefoot, the 2nd and 3rd toes are typically the similar length to the big toe, with the 4th and 5th toes shorter.

 

One trick in choosing shoes

If it is hard to identify the forefoot shape, a trick in choosing the suitable shoes is to take out the inner sole of the shoes and stand on them. See whether all the toes are inside the inner sole, with only one thumb extra space left from the longest toe, then that will be the ideal length for the feet.

Identify Foot types

For Narrow/Wide feet, same tip from above is applicable when fitting the shoes, by matching the inner sole with the feet, this can guide you to have the ideal width of the shoes. Also, take note that to make sure the room inside the shoes is not too spacious (for narrow feet) and not too squeezy (for wide feet) after lacing up the shoes.

For example, Asics shoes are more designed for narrow feet and New Balance are more designed for wide feet, depending on the shoes model.

Guide to buy shoes with three different foot types

For High Arch feet, it is best to be supported to the ideal arch height in order to let the weight and walking pressure been evenly distributed throughout the feet. Imagine a model is wearing a pair of super high heels shoes, her weight is only been carried by her forefoot and her heels, that would probably cause ache and pain in her feet after a long day of walking and standing. This is the same scenario to high arch feet.

For Flat feet, the bone of the feet are more collapsed down, near to complete contact with the ground. They will have higher risk in developing knee, hip and back pain. Having said that, it is common for infants and children to have flat feet. It is possible for them to develop higher arches throughout their adolescence and into adulthood.

However, early intervention such as Orthotics fitting or supportive footwear can help to support the flat feet, minimizing the bone to bone grinding of the feet and to correct the overall body alignment.

It is obvious to identify the foot types, but sometimes it can be tricky without being assess by a podiatrist. Another tip for saving your money is that Do Not buy a pair of orthotics from a chemist. It can be cheaper, softer and convenient, but it just won’t do the work properly.

You would be better seeing a podiatrist and buying a good pair of orthotics.

How active are they?

Supportive running shoes are essential for active kids

With all the information above, it is really depending the type of activities and lifestyles of your kids. Some has no pain with flat feet as they are not active in sport, or they have more flexible tendons and ligaments, whereas some has muscle ache with high arch when doing sports.

Some kids prefer not to be active due to the pain and ache in the feet or legs. Even though your kids might be perfectly fine with the feet types and the shoes they are wearing, it will only do good for them to have a pair of suitable and supportive shoes.

 

Final tip: It is cheaper to buy shoes online, what you can do is to go to a store for the sizing and testing the shoes out (really walking and jumping for 10 minutes) to make sure it is comfortable (most important). When your kids are happy, take note of the brand and size, go online then save!

The ultimate goal

At the end of the day, I hope you are able to make the right decision to buy the right shoes for your kids, and being able to guide them on what to look for when buying a pair of good shoes. I will include some recommended shoes by podiatrist next and how to test out the shoes for the ideal supportive.

These information are also applicable to you, the reason I focused on children because problems can be preventable or delayed by having the right shoes in early age. If you have any questions, comments below and I will try my best to help you out!

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