Why Barefoot Shoes?

The foot is one of the most complex structures in the human body, consisting of 26 bones, 35 joints and over 100 ligaments.

A baby's yet-to-develop foot is padded with fat and is highly flexible.

Their first years of walking are crucial for long term development of their feet.

Most children begin to walk between 8-18 months of age, and most are flat-footed when they first start walking.

Flat-footedness nearly always improves as the bones and muscles of the foot develop and strengthen.

"When toddlers are learning to walk, they should be in bare feet or a soft soled shoe as much as possible..."

When toddlers are learning to walk, they should be in bare feet or a soft soled shoe as much as possible so they can feel what they touch with their feet and develop muscle strength.

In the modern world we live in, footwear helps protect their feet from unnatural dangers, such as:

- Heat/ cold from concrete and bitumen

- Sharp objects and harsh environments

So when bare feet isn't an option, a soft soled shoe with no drop is the best way for foot muscles to develop while staying safe.


How do I know if a shoe is Soft-Soled?

A. The best way to tell is to take the shoe in your hand and try and "roll it up". If the shoe is flexible enough to roll into a scroll shape (especially around the toe area) then you know that it will also allow the minute-sized movements a baby's foot needs to make to develop.

What does "Drop" refer to in shoes?

A. Drop is in reference to the height difference between the heel and toe of a shoe. If a shoe has a heel or wedge which raises the back of the foot higher than the toes, then the shoe is considered to have a drop. A perfectly flat soled shoe has no drop, and is ideal for development of the Achilles Tendon and calf muscles.

G & K are proudly Australian Owned and Designed Bare-foot shoes.

They come in many beautiful styles and are also machine washable!