Flip flops are cute and affordable. However, there are reasons why my daughter doesn’t wear flip flops.
I have learnt that developing my child’s feet properly is vitally important. Healthy feet development is just as it is important as it is for her to get sufficient sleep or to breathe through her nose instead of her mouth.
Here are some of the reasons why my child doesn’t wear flip flops:
- My child’s nervous system is still developing. Therefore, she wears a sandal with a sole that supports sensory development for balance.
- My child’s feet make up the entire foundation of her posture.
- The big toe is vital for development of the arch of the foot. My child’s feet are not developed enough to grip onto the toe thong of a flip flop.
- The arch of my child’s foot will only reach full development between the ages of 13 and 18 years.
- Shoe manufacturers that support healthy development for growing feet recommend a minimum of 4cm heel support to keep the child’s feet straight.
- Sometimes I walk much faster than my child and flip flops don’t support her feet in keeping up with me.
- Flip flops are designed for wet areas like swimming pools and the beach. Therefore, I would rather my child go barefoot where flip flops are ideal.
- Most flip flops are made of synthetic materials that enhance perspiration and the sweatiness creates movement in the shoe.
- It’s a waste of money for me because flip flops don’t provide any support for my child. I get more bang for my buck in buying a proper sandal. If she were to be wearing flip flops, she would be unable to wear them all day long to support her activity. She would only be wearing them around the pool.
- Flip flops are insufficiently designed for running, jumping, climbing. They cannot aid my active child’s development at this stage of her life. If my child is wearing a shoe that is not fit for the purpose it could have a negative impact that we may only become aware of when she is much older.
What’s best for my child’s healthy feet development.
It often appears that flip flops are the ideal shoes for the climate in South Africa. However, I believe that there are better alternatives available that support her healthy feet development. That is why my child doesn’t wear flip flops.
You can check out www.greensteps.co.za for more information on the sandals I have chosen for my daughter to wear.
With Love and Gratitude,
*This post is sponsored by Greensteps Footwear and Apparel.
*Photos exclusively by Leigh Benson Photography.