Finding healthy shoes and sandals for kids is incredibly frustrating.
Sure, those floppy leather-soled kid's moccasins are easy enough to pick up for your tiny-footed toddler — you know, like Robeez or, of course, Soft Star Shoes (BirthdayShoes' favorite for both kids and adults). But past the age of 18 to 24 months, foot-minded options for children seem to disappear.
As a parent of two little girls — an almost 3 year-old and a 7 month-old — my reckoning of children's footwear is that healthy shoe options for growing feet are (quite literally) hard to come by. Seems most shoe manufacturers simply take their thickly cushioned, heavy, foot-constricting sneaker designs (those made for adults who've been wearing clunky shoes for decades) and shrink them into miniature versions for toddlers and young children.
Any parent will tell you that a child's foot is both flexible and wide, with toes that seem to have minds of their own as they splay, grasp, and stretch all over the place. A child's foot hasn't been subjected to years of confinement in small-toe-boxed shoes. Thus, it's perplexing that so many shoe manufacturers put out footwear for kids that restricts the foot to a narrow toe-box and a narrow range of motion — not to mention the added weight of an overbuilt shoe.
What's a parent to do? Well, I'm happy to say that I've found one option that is a real winner — at least so long as you've got decently warm weather. That option is Xero Shoes huaraches sandals — built custom by you — with the help of your favorite little helper, of course—in fact, you couldn't do it without them!
What follows is a review of Xero Shoes huaraches from a parent's perspective but also a little video review by the one with the most important opinion (so she thinks) — my cute little
minion daughter. And I'll also explain how I made the huaraches with her help. Read on!
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