Froggie School Shoes: Free Your Feet

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Froggie School Shoes: Free Your Feet

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Hello, Froggie Followers
With the festive season drawing to a close, it’s almost time to get geared up for another school year – that back-to-school shopping list beckons…stationery, text books, school uniforms and, of course, school shoes!

Working closely with our consultant podiatrist Anette Thompson, and being the mum of two boys – Jarred, aged fourteen, and Haydn, aged twelve, I’ve become obsessed by what sorts of shoes they put their feet into – insisting on only the best-fitting, high quality shoes that take their growing feet into account. Here, are some of the things I’ve learned about the best shoes for kid’s feet…

Why Properly Fitting Shoes are Important for Children

Did you know that the bones in our feet aren’t fully formed until the mid to late teens? Growing feet need plenty of room to develop naturally, but, say podiatry experts, many parents neglect their children’s feet simply because they don’t understand the importance of well-fitting shoes, nor how ill-fitting, inflexible shoes can cause a lifetime of foot problems, such as:

  • Hammer toe – this is when the three middle toes are squeezed together so often that they become deformed, and bent in towards each other in a hammer shape
  • Haglund’s Deformity – also called ‘pump bump’, this is when tight, rigid shoes chafe the heel and cause a permanent bony protrusion
  • Blisters, corns and calluses – are all caused by rubbing, friction or pressure in shoes that are too small or too big (which can be especially problematic for those with diabetes)
  • Fallen arches and Achilles tendon problems – painful conditions which result from a lack of support and cushioning.

Any shoes which get in the way of natural foot development, like pointed toes or rigid uppers, can result in weak feet. For more information, watch our consultant podiatrist Anette Thompson talking about how shoes can affect growing feet in this short video

Shoes for Growing Feet

Considering how much time our children spend wearing school shoes, it’s crucial to make sure they fit correctly – my motto when buying shoes for my own children has always been if you can’t bend it, don’t wear it!

A growing body of evidence in scientific literature shows that the design of children’s shoes should be based on the barefoot model. After extensive development, testing and research, Froggie Barefoot Science launched our NAPPI-coded school shoes, approved by the South African Podiatry Association.

Investing in flexible, well designed school shoes like Froggie Barefoot Science shoes is an investment in the health and well-being of your child. These scientifically developed school shoes are recommended by medical professionals because they:

  • Are soft and flexible, and ultra-lightweight, moulding to and moving with the feet
  • Allow a natural range of motion when walking, running and playing, and provide just the right amount of sensory feedback – much like going barefoot
  • Promote natural development of the muscle groups in the feet and ankles
  • Allow adequate space and protection to ensure proper growth
  • Are genuine leather, which allows feet to breathe
  • Have a gel-cushioned, removable and washable footbed – which helps promote hygiene
  • Are diabetes-friendly – helping prevent foot complications associated with this disease.

Let the Barefoot Adventure Begin!

Froggie Barefoot Science school shoes are proudly made in South Africa and are available in six different styles in black or brown from child size seven through to adult size twelve. On this page, you’ll also find a guide on how to measure your child’s feet, as well as a size guide, so why not skip the busy shopping malls, and buy school shoes online?

Here’s to freeing your feet!



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