Why Soft Soles?
Recommended by Experts - Tested by Toddlers!
Recommended by the Experts
Pediatricians and podiatrists recommend first shoes that are wide fitting to allow full movement and growth for the foot – Beautiful Soles are made wider than competing brands.
For the crawling and early walking stages, medical and child experts agree that flexible, soft soled shoes are the next best thing to bare feet.
Our shoes offer protection from hot, cold, rough floors without restricting movement or balance.
Due to the shoe design, the shoes go on easily but even the best Houdini can't pull them off!
The elastic ankle helps keeps pesky socks on too, yet soft enough to not dig into little ankles.
|Washable & Easy Care
Either wipe with a damp cloth or hand wash in cold water. Reshape when wet and dry out of direct sunlight.
Quality & Comfort
The highest quality leather is used for all Beautiful Soles. They are 100% leather with a soft suede sole
which help with traction for crawlers and early walkers on most surfaces.
The leather upper is sturdier and more resilient against wear than competitors' shoes.
All Beautiful Soles will protect babies’ feet yet allow the foot to breathe therefore ensuring feet remain cool and comfortable.
All soles are padding, plastic and squeak free!
And just as importantly…The coolest range of contemporary colours and classic styles!
Did you know…?
A foot has 26 bones, 19 muscles and over 100 ligaments, which can take up to eighteen years to harden to adult form.
From birth to 18 months soft-soled shoes are recommended by Experts as the next best thing to bare feet as they do not restrict baby’s feet nor do they hinder their movement as they begin crawling and taking that big step....walking!
Beautiful Soles shoes are wide fitting to allow the foot to move and grow as they would without shoes on but offer the added benefits of protection against hot, cold or rough surfaces, as well as keeping socks on and just looking very Cool!
Consultant Paediatric Podiatrist and lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University Gordon Watt says “many parents grossly underestimate the importance of looking after their child’s feet while they are growing.”
“Unlike adult feet, children’s feet grow. The study showed that children’s feet were at serious risk because they were contained in an environment that restricted their growing feet. Children are born with relatively soft and flexible cartilage which gradually converts to bone with age. As they are growing, their feet are vulnerable to injury and deformity due to ill-fitting footwear.”
Shoe Fitting For The Infant Written By: Dr. Kirk Watson
"In thirty years of fitting children’s shoes I have seen many changes in the shoe industry. This is especially true in the style of shoes that parents are purchasing for their babies. Hard leather soles and stiff uppers were the rule many years ago. Since that time we have progressed.... Soft leather uppers that conform to the foot and offer greater freedom of movement are now recommended."
Tips for Healthy Foot Development
From those early months into the toddler years, parents can promote proper development by following some of these simple tips:
Allow some wiggle room - Tight clothes & stiff shoes can restrict movement, instead keep feet loosely covered.
Change of scenery - Staying in one position for too long can put excess strain on the feet and legs. Using simple games such as "This Little Piggy" your baby has an opportunity to flex growing muscles, preparing feet for weight-bearing activities. "Look what you can do!" As your child gets older, have them pick up a pencil or blanket with their toes to promote healthy foot development.
Growing fast - On average, your child's feet will grow two full sizes a year until age four or five. Measure feet regularly to ensure a proper fit.
Be patient - As exciting as those first steps are, your child will walk when he or she is physically and emotionally ready. Most children learn to walk between nine and 18 months, depending on the development of the required muscular strength. If your child is still not walking by 18 months, have a discussion with your pediatrician.
And of course, get the correct first shoe...Beautiful Soles!