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Of course kids need shoes if they are going to walk on surfaces where they might burn their feet, step on rusty nails, or cut themselves with shard of glass. I wouldn’t want my child going barefoot on streets that might be covered with caustic chemicals, body fluids, feces, or anything else that might transmit disease or disgust me. Frankly, I don’t even want to bother with potential splinters. It’s just too much of a hassle to get little slivers out of small, tender feet.

You’d think there would be a lot of research on this question. There isn’t. Many pediatricians will tell you that babies don’t need shoes to learn to walk, and that, in fact, shoes will probably make learning more difficult. If you feel the need to put shoes on your baby – because he will be walking on questionable surfaces – the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends lightweight shoes with flexible, non-skid soles.

That seems like common sense, and it’s certainly consistent with the evolution of our species. Our ancestors didn’t wear shoes, and I hate to see babies and very young children wearing stiff, heavy, clunky footwear that makes walking less graceful and more accident-prone.

Enter Jeffrey Rixe and colleagues, who have recently reviewed the published research about feet, shoes, and injuries. They asked if running barefoot – or with “minimalist” shoes that consist mostly of flat, flexible soles – is asking for trouble. And though we could use more data on the subject, the preliminary answer seems to be “Assuming your feet are protected from punctures and other external threats, minimalist running isn’t especially risky. It reduces your risks in some ways and increases them in others.”

It turns out that experienced barefoot or “minimalist” runners have a distinctive style of running. Instead of landing on their heels, they land on the front or middle part of the foot. This means “minimalist” runners are less likely to sustain the sorts of injuries linked with forceful heel strikes – like injuries to the knees and hips. But they may be more likely to sustain injuries to the front or mid-foot.

Is it an even trade? That’s not clear. Some researchers speculate that “minimalist” runners may be better off because they don’t hit the ground with as much force. The bottom surface of the front foot — the plantar surface — is covered with sensors that might permit runners to “feel the ground” and adjust their movements in ways that minimize the force of impact. People who’ve adjusted to “minimalist” running take shorter, more frequent strides.

Does any of this apply to children? Probably. When researchers tested the effects of shoes on children’s gaits, they found that shoes were associated with more ankle and knee motion and that running in shoes “encouraged a rearfoot strike pattern.” The researchers don’t know what this means for a child’s long-term development. But it seems to me that grandma’s worries about “ruining” feet aren’t supported by the current evidence.

What the experts do agree about is that people who switch from one style to another – going from shoelessness to shoes or vice versa – have to be careful, go slowly, and learn new ways of moving. If you run in shoes like you’re barefoot, or run barefoot the same way you run in shoes, you are more likely to get hurt.

There is no need to keep children’s feet constantly bound in store-bought tight shoes. I wore soft-sole moccasins outdoors online and all shoes came off feet at the front door and it didn’t matter if you lived in the house or were visiting. I do the same in my own home today. Shoes of any sort come off at the door be it family or friends or visitors and the upside is that my carpeting & flooring for the kitchen and other rooms last longer!

Both my children grew up wearing soft-sole moccasins just as I did, even to school! We only switched them to a soled moccasin their last year of middle school & high school years yet they still wore soft-soled moccasins often when they were not supposed to because the gym teachers claimed the kids could not run correctly yet they were able to outrun other students in the same class by a great distance be it on grass on on the track.

In my personal opinion as a mother, wife, and as a Native American Indian with roots that go back further than we can trace due to lack of birth records or any type of records other than those where they were filed along with a white person’s records, we have always done well with the shoes we wear and will continue to do well with them. But it is not to say we don’t wear other shoes because we do. I thoroughly enjoyed my stiletto boots w/5-6in heels or pumps with the same height in heels although my boots & pumps came from a specialty shop that carried reinforced heels so they did not break like toothpicks as I had seen many other friends’ shoes break. The reinforced stiletto heels made excellent weapons when I was out on my own or with a friend when we went clubbing around Georgetown University’s area. As women, we need to learn to use whatever we have at our disposal to protect ourselves from dangerous people be it a 5-6in shoe heel, keys, mace, or the pistol I had a permit for that I kept in a sewn-in pocket of my boot when I worked as a barmaid even with the bouncers walking us to our cars after the bars closed.

Kids have ran around barefoot since the beginning of time – so have adults. Then we learned to wrap them with leather hide from animals taken down to use for food, hunting tools, fishing tools, and clothing. The only thing that changed is so-called college-educated specialists who appear to have forgotten that our predecessors lived thousands of years without a pair of Reebok, Nike, or New Balance shoes that cost almost a week’s paycheck!