The Barefoot Movement

Oct 14, 2019

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An adult foot is a complex structure made up of twenty-six bones. Designed to support the entire body through a lifetime of movement, the average foot spends its whole life absorbing a myriad of different pressures and shocks, all while adapting to constant changes in surface friction and functional stability. But they don’t start there.

As baby first develops, their tiny foot contains far more cartilage than bone. Over time (by age 18 or so) this cartilage will fuse and fully harden into the strong, adult bones we require. The first few years are very different.

Early on, the bones in a baby’s foot begin as flexible cartilage, which is why a shoe that is too stiff or too tight can actually come to affect the overall shape and potential movement of your child’s foot permanently. This can lead to chronic issues or problems well into adulthood.

This is why barefoot movement – especially inside shoes – is so important for your baby’s foot health. When a child begins to crawl – and eventually take their first steps – bare feet (and tiny toes!) need to grip, flex and twist so they can develop the necessary strength and musculature, while receiving the kind of physical feedback cues that are so critical for maintaining proper balance and (eventually) continuous upright movement. Barefoot really is best!

But the world isn’t always as friendly to a child’s little feet as their living room at home or the backyard of Grammy’s house. Sometimes little feet need big help to protect them from the sort of everyday hazards or grimy germs that come along with adventurous days out. That’s where Jack & Lily comes in – with shoes, boots & moccasins for infants, babies and toddlers.